TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David, one of Tampa Bay’s top players on defense, suffered a torn meniscus, head coach Bruce Arians said Monday.

A source told that David underwent arthroscopic surgery on the injury Sunday. The team doesn’t believe the injury will affect him during the regular season.

“We’re gonna hold him out for a while. Nothing serious,” Arians said. “He’ll be ready to go soon.”

David had missed three days of practice. Deone Bucannon, who previously played in ’ defense in Arizona, has been getting the majority of first-team reps in David’s absence next to rookie Devin White.

“He’s a tremendous leader, a tremendous player,” Bucannon said of David. “I’ve already learned so much from him and will continue to do so. I just want him to get back on the field as soon as possible.”


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