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Bucs Player Who Caught Massive Stiff Arm On Monday Night Was Playing With Serious Injury

Steelers TE Vance McDonald stiff arms Chris Conte.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Conte was on the wrong end of a 75-yard touchdown on Monday night, when he was stiff armed into another zip code by Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald. As it turns out, he probably shouldn't have been in the situation at all.

On Tuesday, ESPN reported that Conte was playing through a knee injury during the Monday Night Game. Dirk Koetter would not confirm if the issue was exacerbated on the stiff arm play, but he did leave the game shortly thereafter.

Adam Schefter is now reporting that the existing injury was pretty serious.

According to his report, Chris Conte played on a torn PCL against the Steelers on Monday night.

Conte was placed on the injured reserve on Tuesday, with the chance to return to the team at mid-season.

McDonald's touchdown was part of a hot start to the game for Pittsburgh down in Tampa Bay, tying the game 7-7 early. It was probably the signature play of the game.

From there, the Steelers put up a 24-point second quarter.

The Buccaneers staged an impressive comeback after falling behind 30-10 at the half. The defense pitched a shutout, and Ryan Fitzpatrick put up a third-straight 400 yard game, but the team fell just short, losing 30-27.

Conte started each of the Buccaneers' first three games. He has recorded 13 tackles on the year.