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Buccaneers' lineman A.Q. Shipley may have suffered career-ending injury, Bruce Arians says

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Veteran center A.Q. Shipley may have suffered a career-ending injury, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. 

Shipley had taken over the team's starting center role for the last two games as injuries have forced the Buccaneers to shuffle the offensive line in front of quarterback Tom Brady; left guard Ali Marpet has missed three consecutive games with a concussion. 

a group of football players on the field: Tampa Bay Buccaneers center A.Q. Shipley (62) blocks during the second half of an NFL Football game against the Los Angeles Rams. © Kevin Sabitus, AP Tampa Bay Buccaneers center A.Q. Shipley (62) blocks during the second half of an NFL Football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

"A.Q. Shipley appears to have had a career-ending injury," Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “And I feel bad because I love A.Q. He’s one of my favorite players of all-time and was playing good for us." 

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The coach added that the injury is likely a reaggravation of one Shipley had previously suffered in his neck. Following Tampa Bay's loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, Arians told reporters he believed the injury was just "a stinger." 

Shipley was a seventh-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2009 and wouldn't make his NFL debut until three years later, with the Colts. He then played16 games at left guard (nine starts) for the Ravens in 2013 before returning to the Colts the next season. 

In 2015, the Penn State product landed with the Cardinals, where Bruce Arians was the head coach. Shipley took over the starting center role in 2016 and 2017 before a torn ACL cost him the 2018 season. He bounced back in 2019 to start all 16 games before linking up with Arians once more, this time in Tampa. 

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