Tampa Bay center A.Q. Shipley immediately will transition to the coaching ranks after being advised to retire with a season-ending neck injury, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Friday.
The 34-year-old Shipley initially was thought to have suffered a stinger in the fourth quarter of the Bucs’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.
“Once we did the MRI and X-rays, it was determined that he really shouldn’t play anymore,” Arians said. “”He’ll be going on IR and starting his coaching career.
“He aspires to be a coach, and I think he’s gonna be a great one, so we’ll get him started to make sure he likes this life.”
Arians had said earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he feared the offensive lineman’s career was over. He also had coached Shipley previously with Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Arizona.
“It’s really hard. It’s harder than releasing somebody or cutting somebody that’s a veteran that has finally hit the wall and doesn’t really know how to admit it,” Arians said. “But to have an injury stop it so suddenly, it’s really hard on him, [and] it’s hard on me.”
Arians said starting cornerback James Dean also will miss Sunday’s game against Kansas City with a concussion.