Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday afternoon withan ACL injury to his knee, reportedly suffered and played through last Monday night when the Buccaneers faced the Carolina Panthers. The injury will end Jackson's season.

Jackson's 2016 struggles

The most veteran receiver on Tampa Bay's roster had struggled throughout the season, mirroring the struggle of his team. The 33-year old was targeted on 31 throws, but only reeled in 15 of them for 173 yards. He failed to get into the end zone and was steadily receiving less attention in the passing game from his quarterback, Jameis Winston.

This season stands in stark contrast to Jackson's previous career outputs, marking a steady decline for the aging receiver. He has made three Pro Bowl appearances in his career with the Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers, and has nearly 10,000 career receiving yards.

Jackson's 2015 campaign also ended with him on injured reserve. He's in the last season of a five-year contract, making it a distinct possibility that he's played his last game with the Buccaneers, and maybe even in the NFL.

Tampa Bay's prognosis

Tampa Bay has already struggled with injuries throughout the 2016 season, which has led them to a 2-4 record through Week 6. Running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims and wide receiver Cecil Shorts have all missed time this season, and quarterback Jameis Winston doesn't look nearly as good as he did during his rookie season last year.

Jackson's injury shouldn't have a massive effect on Tampa Bay's 17th-ranked passing game; he was only fourth on the team in receptions, behind Winston's favorite target Mike Evans, and unheralded players Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate. Evans has the same amount of targets in the passing game as Jackson and Humphries combined.

Tampa Bay will have to travel to San Francisco this week to play a stingy 49ers pass defense (but struggling overall team) before hosting the worst pass defense in the NFL in the Oakland Raiders.

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