The Bucs emerged from a 33-27 victory over the Bills mostly unscathed on the injury front. Running back Giovani Bernard went down and was carted off the sideline with a hip injury. And for the second straight week, cornerback Jamel Dean left a game with injury. Last week Dean was concussed in the first half. This week, Dean left the contest in the second quarter after becoming ill.
“He just got foggy,” Arians said after the game.
On Monday, Arians said both players are still being evaluated. Bernard’s injury appeared serious, but an MRI will determine the extent of damage. As for Dean, concerns there remain very vague.
“Gio is in the tube (MRI),” Arians said. “So we don’t know yet the extent of his injury. Dean, just dealing with the wooziness and what’s causing it. Whether it’s concussion-related, which, he didn’t take a hit. Or if it was just something else, a head cold or something. Just seeing what is going on with him.”
Bernard played seven snaps on Sunday before bowing out at the end of the second quarter. On the season, the veteran back has eight carries for 58 yards and 23 catches for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Bernard has played more sparingly than expected thanks to Leonard Fournette’s emergence. If he’s out for awhile, look for Ke’Shawn Vaughn to receive a handful of snaps every game.
In the secondary, Dean has been a revelation for the Bucs this season. Finally playing up to his talent level with some consistency, injuries seem to be the only thing holding Dean back now. The Auburn product has gone down several times this season, but only missed one game with a knee injury. Dean has 42 tackles and two interceptions this season.