TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers veteran defensive lineman Akiem Hicks tore the plantar fascia in his left foot and is expected to be sidelined for a month, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter Tuesday.
Hicks suffered the injury in the second quarter Sunday in the Bucs’ 20-10 victory at the Saints — their first regular season victory against New Orleans since 2018.
He was taking on a double team of guard Andrus Peat and center Erik McCoy, with outside linebacker Shaq Barrett sacking quarterback Jameis Winston and forcing a fumble when the injury happened.
Hicks, 32, signed with the Bucs as a free agent this offseason on a one-year deal worth $8 million, replacing Ndamukong Suh.
The Bucs’ defense has gotten off to a stellar start this season under new head coach Todd Bowles, surrendering an average of 6.5 points per game through the first two games — the best mark in the NFL.
Rookie second-round draft pick Logan Hall, who has primarily been utilized on third down, is expected to step into Hicks’ role.