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Promising Rookie Suffers Brutal Injury During Warmups Before Preseason Game

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The NFL preseason has been a brutal display on injuries thus far. That continued earlier this week as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the Detroit Lions Friday night.

Bucs rookie wide receiver Sergio Bailey suffered a freak injury during warmups. The former Eastern Michigan wideout suffered a fractured ankle.

Tampa Bay announced the team has placed Bailey on injured reserve. Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter announced Bailey has surgery on the broken ankle already.

Here's the announcement.

Bailey has been an intriguing rookie for Tampa Bay. He's fighting for a crowded fifth receiver spot on the roster and this injury clearly won't help his chances.

Bailey received hefty praise from Koetter during the preseason. The Bucs head coach said Bailey was one of the most improved players during the course of Tampa's preseason.

The former EMU Eagles star ranked third on the team with five catches for 73 yards. He also hauled in a nice 21-yard touchdown catch against the Tennessee Titans.