Davin Joseph of Bucs carted off field with left leg injury


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph was carted off the field Friday night with what appeared to be a potentially serious left leg injury during the second quarter of the preseason game against the New England Patriots.

On a first-and-10 play with just over a minute remaining in the first half, Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones was blocked into the back of Joseph's leg after attempting a spin move on Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn. Joseph immediately grabbed his left knee, and his teammates called for medical attention.

Joseph was replaced at right guard by Ted Larsen.

A first-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2006, Joseph has started 83 of 84 regular-season games during his six-year NFL career that includes two trips to the Pro Bowl (2008, 2011).

Joseph finished the 2010 season on injured reserve with a broken foot, but he returned to start all 16 games last season and, according to official NFL playing-time documents, play all 1,021 of the Buccaneers' offensive snaps.

Joseph is in the second season of a seven-year, $52.5 million contract that included $19 million in guaranteed money. Joseph's $9.5 million base salary for the 2012 season is fully guaranteed.

UPDATE: Joseph suffered a season-ending knee injury, a source with knowledge of his condition told NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Joseph later tweeted that the injury could have been "worse."

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