TAMPA, Fla. -- Kendell Beckwith, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting strongside linebacker, was involved in a car accident last week and suffered a fractured ankle that required surgery, general manager Jason Licht said Thursday.
"It was a one-car accident last week back home in Louisiana. He was a passenger in the car," Licht said. "He had to have surgery on his ankle Tuesday afternoon. Right now, it's unfair to give a timeline with him. We're very fortunate that it wasn't life-threatening for him or the [driver]."
Licht declined to provide specifics beyond the fractured ankle, but confirmed that Beckwith will miss organized team activities. Licht said the Bucs will have a better idea of Beckwith's status when training camp opens at the end of July.
According to Baton Rouge Police spokesperson Sgt. Don Coppola, the accident occurred on April 12 at approximately 1 a.m. Beckwith's former LSU teammate Lamin Barrow was driving Beckwith's Chevrolet Camaro and lost control of the vehicle. It veered off the road and crashed into a gate, Coppola said.
When police arrived on scene, both men complained of leg pain and were transported by emergency medical services to a local hospital. Coppola said Barrow, who spent the 2014 season with the Denver Broncos and 2015 with the Chicago Bears, was given a citation for driving with a suspended license. Barrow did not show signs of impairment, according to the crash report.
"I know he's gonna try and fight for the regular season, camp too," teammate Kwon Alexander said of Beckwith. "He's gonna keep fighting, we're gonna keep pushing him, keep praying for him -- we've got his back regardless of whatever situation it is. We're gonna keep him up, keep him lifted and just let him know that we're here for him."
Alexander, who also played with Beckwith at LSU, said they've been in close contact and that Beckwith is in good spirits.
"[I told him], 'God don't make mistakes. You'll be back,'" Alexander said. "I broke my ankle too, so I told him that it would be fine. Just rehab hard, keep his head right, stay focused and he'll be back."
A third-round draft pick in 2017, Beckwith started nine games as a rookie and finished with 73 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.