The Buccaneers had their worst offensive efficiency of the Tom Brady period Sunday, in a 9–0 loss to the Saints. To make issues worse, the group can be with out Chris Godwin, one of its high weapons within the passing sport, for the rest of the season.
Godwin caught a team-high six passes for 49 yards within the sport, earlier than going out after taking an enormous shot to the knee by defender P.J. Williams. After preliminary experiences that he suffered an MCL injury, but could return for the postseason, coach Bruce Arians gave an unlucky replace on Monday afternoon: Godwin has suffered a torn ACL harm and is completed for the season.
Godwin was one of three main losses for Tampa Bay on Sunday. Mike Evans, the group’s greatest landing risk on the broad receiver place, left with a hamstring harm, whereas beginning operating again Leonard Fournette left with an ankle harm. The group has additionally been with out Breshad Perriman, who was added to the COVID-19/reserve record Friday.
In 14 video games this season, Godwin has a career-high 98 receptions for 1,103 yards and 5 touchdowns. He leads the Buccaneers in each receptions and yardage this season.
The group ought to get a elevate by the return of Antonio Brown from harm and suspension over his faux vaccination card controversy. Brown had been out with an ankle harm since Week 6, and his return coincides with the top of the three-game suspension that he confronted. He’s now totally vaccinated, per experiences.
“It is in one of the best curiosity of our soccer group,” coach Bruce Arians stated of Brown and security Mike Edwards’s returns from suspension, per The Athletic. “Each of these guys have served their time and we’ll welcome them again.”
Tampa Bay heads to Carolina on Sunday, earlier than wrapping up the season with a sport on the Jets on Jan. 2 and a house sport in opposition to the Panthers on Jan. 9.
At 10–4 on the season, the Buccaneers presently lead the NFC South and occupy the third spot in the NFC playoff picture.
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