Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves set for second opinion on shoulder

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves suffered a potentially season-ending shoulder injury Sunday at the New Orleans Saints, and he will seek a second opinion Wednesday, sources told ESPN.

The 2016 first-round draft pick will visit Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida, to determine if he needs to be shut down for the season, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and John Keim.

Against the Saints, Hargreaves forced a fumble by Saints running back Mike Gillislee. The ball was recovered by safety Justin Evans and returned 34 yards for a touchdown that proved the difference-maker in the Bucs' 48-40 win.

Hargreaves finished the game with seven combined tackles, a pass breakup and the forced fumble. He was injured with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter while diving to break up a pass intended for Alvin Kamara.

"I thought he was really good," Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said Monday of Hargreaves' performance. "I thought Vernon has played well all through the preseason. He's really worked on his game. He's brought energy. He's been a good leader on the field with the way he's played, and it was just unfortunate.

"He made a really nice play on the play that he got hurt on, and we're just hoping for the best in that."

After struggling in 2017, Hargreaves sat down with the coaches and was told he needed to make big improvements this offseason. He fought off rookie second-round draft picks Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart, as well as third-year cornerback Ryan Smith, during training camp to keep his starting job.

"I think Vernon was right on track with what we're asking him to do and the type of player that he can be," Koetter said.

The Bucs did agree to terms with cornerback Marcus Williams on Tuesday. They also worked out free-agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland, a source told ESPN.

The Bucs' other starting cornerback, Brent Grimes, has been dealing with a groin injury that forced him to miss the season opener. Davis wound up starting opposite Hargreaves on Sunday.