WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hoggard alum Connor Barth will miss the entire NFL season after tearing his Achilles tendon in a charity basketball game in Wilmington.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today they have placed Barth, who also played at UNC, on the reserve/non-football injury list.
In a news release on their website, the Buccaneers said, “Barth tore his right Achilles tendon while playing in a charity basketball game with other NFL players on Friday.” The game was hosted by Wilmington native Jay Ross, who plays for the Buffalo Bills.
The Bucs say Barth, a sixth-year veteran, had successful surgery to repair the injury on Monday, but he is not expected to return to the field this season. Barth was heading into the second year of a four-year contract extension signed last offseason.
“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said.
Tampa Bay has signed veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes, a 2012 Pro Bowl alternate, to take Barth’s spot on the roster.
Barth has made a team-record 84.3 percent of his field goal attempts since signing with the Buccaneers midway through the 2009 season. In 2011, he set a single-season franchise record by making 26 of 28 tries for a success rate of 92.9 percent.