Source: Bucs DE Spence has shoulder surgery

<!—->TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie defensive end Noah Spence is undergoing surgery Wednesday morning to repair a fully-torn labrum in his right shoulder that he suffered during the 2016 season, a source told ESPN.Spence suffered the tear and dislocation in the Bucs’ 27-7 loss to the Denver Broncos. He underwent an MRI last week to determine the extent of the injury and met with doctors Tuesday to determine the next course of action – surgery.The procedure is being performed at the renowned Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. He is expected to make a full recovery. It is unclear at this point how much he’ll be able to participate in the team’s offseason program.Defensive end Noah Spence recorded 5.5 sacks in 2016, which was fifth among NFL rookies and third-most on the Buccaneers. Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesSpence, a 2016 second-round draft pick, originally downplayed the injury, stating that it was a “partial tear.” He was back playing that very next week in the Bucs’ 17-14 win over the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. The Bucs had only one healthy starting defensive lineman in the game. He wore a neoprene shoulder harness from then on, which was designed to keep the shoulder in place.He dislocated the shoulder again in the Bucs’ Week 17 win over the Carolina Panthers. He attempted to re-set the joint out on the field and resumed playing, finishing the game with 45 snaps (64 percent) on defense.On trying to re-set the joint, Spence said, “It didn’t feel good … I knew it was the last game and I just wanted to give it all for my team. So I did. I wasn’t going out … I love these guys. I was going to put all I could into playing for these guys.”He did not miss a game due to the injury, and finished the season with 5.5 sacks, fifth among NFL rookies and third on his team, behind veterans Gerald McCoy and Robert Ayers.

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