NFL: Tampa Bay Bucs Plane Has Mechanical Issues Leaving Team Stuck on Tarmac 5 Hours

by Thad Mitchell

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ran into some bad luck this weekend as their team plane experienced mechanical issues. The incident causes the Bucs team, consisting of players, coaches and other personnel, to delay for some time.

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reports the team was stuck on the tarmac for five hours before finally taking off.

“Adding to the difficulty of traveling during the time of COVID,” Rapoport tweets. “The #Bucs have been waiting for about five hours on the tarmac due to mechanical issues before traveling to Carolina. They are set to leave now, but some disruption on their road trip to play the #Panthers.”

The Bucs will face the Carolina Panthers tomorrow, Sunday, at 1 p.m. from Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs are 6-3 this season and look like a trendy pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Panthers are 3-6 on the season and are rebuilding under first-year Head Coach Matt Rhule. The game will have limited fan attendance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Bucs Add Two to Reserve/COVID-19 List

The Bucs did place Wide Receiver Jaydon Mickens and wide receiver Cyril Grayson on the reserve/COVID-19 list just this week. Neither Mickens nor Grayson are making the flight to Charlotte and both players will be held away from their teammates until cleared by medical officials to return. Teams may not disclose whether a player has tested positive for COVID-19 or whether he is quarantining because of close exposure to someone who has tested positive. Offensive lineman Ali Marpet will also not be making the trip as he misses his second straight game with a concussion

The Panthers’ didn’t add any new players to their reserve/COVID-19 list but will once again be without star running back Christian McCaffery for the game.

H/T: Bucs Wire