Former LSU star Kendell Beckwith suffers fractured ankle in auto accident

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Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith (#51) enjoyed a strong rookie season in 2017 (Photo: Jonathan Mailhes).

Kendell Beckwith will miss at least the offseason program with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering an ankle fracture in a single-car accident last week, the team announced Thursday. The timetable for his return is still uncertain including his availability to start the regular season this September.

Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht told reporters that the ex-LSU standout linebacker underwent surgery to repair the injury. The accident occurred in Louisiana, according to Licht.

“Right now it’s unfair to give a timeline as well with him,” said Licht. “We’re very fortunate that it wasn’t life-threatening for him or the [driver]. We’ll probably hold him – he’ll be out of OTAs, and in training camp we’ll have a better idea of how far along he is.”

The East Feliciana alum starred for the Bucs last season as a rookie. He played in 16 games with nine starts, managing 73 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback pressures, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

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