Posted July 17, 2013

Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth out for season with torn Achilles

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Connor Barth will miss this season with a torn Achilles. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Connor Barth will miss this season with a torn Achilles. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the season after tearing his Achilles tendon, the team announced Wednesday on Twitter. Tampa Bay signed veteran Lawrence Tynes to take his place.

Barth was hurt while playing in a charity basketball game last week, the team said in a media release. He had surgery Monday but won’t return this year.

Barth made 28 of 33 field goal attempts last season, including six of nine from 50 yards or more. He’s spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay.

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Tynes, 35, made 33 of 39 attempts with the Giants last season. He was second in the NFL in scoring.


19 comments
DANNYG1
DANNYG1

Placekickers are a dime a dozen in the NFL.  By the time he is ready to return, he will just be an afterthought in the minds of NFL coaches.  So I predict that he will never kick another field goal in an NFL game.  So unfortunate. 

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

No contract is going to prevent the athlete from competing in a low-risk charity sporting event like the one in which Mr. Barth was injured.

DanDippel
DanDippel

Your achilles can tear just walking. Ask the former owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, he tore his just stepping on or off his boat.  And who knows what his contract stated he could and could not do. I tore mine just landing after taking a jump shot. 

chaseslwalsh
chaseslwalsh

the T-Sizzle dumbest injury award goes to...

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@chaseslwalsh What is dumb about it?  Unfortunate.  But dumb?  Is the guy supposed to sit on his sofa the entire offseason?

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@JoeCabot @chaseslwalsh It's dumb because the standard pro-athlete contract has activity restrictions. Dynamic activities like basketball are DEFINITELY on it. Barth is an adult. He can figure out how to keep himself occupied without violating the tenets of his contract and jeopardizing his career

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@JoeCabot

@JohnP

Barth could be injured doing ANYTHING. But that's not the point. We can argue about basketball injuries until we're blue in the face. Doesn't change a thing since the contract and restricted activities clause is black and white. When Barth breached his contract, management has justification to 1) cut him 2) withhold pay. You know...real world stuff.

Your argument about the NBA has no grounds. I'm willing to put my next paycheck that NBA contracts restrict them players from playing tackle football, despite the existence of the NFL.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JohnP  If you consider playing basketball in a charity game to be risky, so be it.  Plenty of athletes do the same thing and pretty much all of them walk away unscathed.  If basketball were as lethal as you seem to believe, the NBA injured list would be a Who's Who of professional basketball players.  This guy could have been hurt playing with his kids, lifting weights, taking a run, or kicking footballs.

JohnP
JohnP

@JoeCabot @JohnP I didn't say anything about "bubble wrap". Thank you for answering. 

So if someone said to you:  "I will give you $2 million dollars a year to kick a ball in the NFL. The only way you won't get paid $2 million dollars is if you get injured." 

You would still go out and risk that life changing money?

 You are either a fool or a liar. Which on is it? 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JohnP The guy was not racing motorcycles or cliff diving.   He was playing a simple game that many athletes from other sports play in their off time.   The same game that many others play for those millions of dollars without ever getting seriously injured.   He could have been hurt just as easily playing with his kids in his back yard or doing a football workout.   Athletes do athletic stuff.  Injuries happen.    Yes, I would play in a charity basketball game instead of wrapping myself in bubble wrap during my off season.

JohnP
JohnP

Hey joe, the question I was asking (that you dodged) was a very simple yes no question. If you were an NFL kicker with millions staring you in the face......Would you risk getting injured and potentially losing all that money playing basketball?

JohnP
JohnP

Joe you are clearly missing the point. The guy has potential millions of dollars coming his way, why risk that?

JohnP
JohnP

No , if you were an NFL kicker.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@M as in MancySkydiving, motorcycles, bullfighting, basketball.  Which activity does not fit on this list?  I am not arguing with you as much as I am laughing at you guys getting all worked up over a professional athlete playing in a charity basketball game.  He could have just as easily injured himself slipping in his backyard.   Again, if basketball is such a deadly activity,  how in the world does the NBA keep its players from filling the injured list all winter?

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@JoeCabot @M as in Mancy Instead of arguing with me, why don't you google an example of a pro contract and look at the high risk activity restrictions. Skydiving, basketball, motorcycles, bullfighting, etc etc. Black and white. And then follow that up by googling the concept of "breach of contract"

JohnP
JohnP

Joe if you had that job would you risk losing potentially millions of dollars getting injured playing basketball?

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@M as in Mancy Yeah, an athlete doing athletic things in the offseason.  What was the guy thinking?   If a dynamic activity like basketball is so utterly dangerous, why are hoops players not dropping with career threatening injuries on a daily basis?