Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate struggled through the 2018 season, and now we know why. He reportedly played most of the campaign with a torn labrum in his hip that included bone fragments.

Jenna Laine of ESPN reported Brate had surgery on the injury last week and will be out “a few months,” per her source.

This injury sure does explain a lot

  • Brate recently hauled in a huge contract extension from Tampa Bay, and then he had a stinker of a season overall.
  • Catching just 30 passes for 289 yards, he was not nearly the kind of factor in the offense most figured he would be.

Looking ahead

  • Brate should get back to putting up big-time numbers next year provided his rehab goes according to plan.
  • His six touchdowns this past season were tied for fourth-most in the league at his position, despite the injury.
  • Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich should be able to get the most out of this talented tight end in 2019.
Jesse Reed
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