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Buccaneers LB White sidelined by left knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker and No. 5 overall draft pick Devin White suffered a left knee injury against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night and did not return to the Bucs' 20-14 win.

White is expected to have an MRI on Friday, and sources confirmed to ESPN that it is believed White suffered a sprained knee. The news was first reported by Pewter Report.

White suffered the injury while making a tackle on running back Christian McCaffrey in the first quarter. White was slow to get up after the play, and as he stood, the knee buckled and he went back down to the ground. White was able to walk off the field under his own power.

Bucs coach Bruce Arians had said one of the big reasons the team drafted White fifth overall -- the highest a linebacker has been drafted since 2015 -- was to try to neutralize McCaffrey and New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. Kevin Minter took over in White's absence and was given the game ball after finishing with eight tackles.

In addition to his knee injury, White battled tonsillitis last week and lost 10 pounds as he was unable to eat and dehydrated. He underwent a surgical procedure to remove an abscess from his tonsils.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.