The Bucs have been the walking wounded in recent weeks, especially in the secondary. That could change coming out of the team’s bye next week, as several Bucs appear to be getting healthier. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that Antonio Brown, Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting could all be back for the Bucs Week 10 game against Washington.
Head coach Bruce Arians sounded encouraged about the progress of the two cornerbacks on Monday. He didn’t mention Brown despite being asked about him, which was curious. But he did shout out Scotty Miller, who started running during practice last week.
“I think we’ll know more when we get back [from the bye],” Arians said. “But Sean and Carlton look like they are making real good progress. And Scotty Miller is also.”
Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting- Photo by USA Today
The Bucs have been without Murphy-Bunting since Week 1, and without Davis since Week 4. Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Dee Delaney should also be back from injury in time for Week 10. For the first time all season, Todd Bowles’ defense could have its’ full starting secondary active.
Rapoport’s report made it clear the Bucs expect Brown back from his sprained ankle after the bye. The veteran receiver suffered the injury during a 9-93-1 performance against the Eagles in Week 6. Meanwhile, Miller seems to be making good progress from the turf toe he sustained in Week 3, running on the side during Friday’s practice last week. The Bucs have had to rely on Jaelon Darden and Cyril Grayson during Brown and Miller’s absence.
Tampa Bay returns to action on November 14 against the 2-6 Washington Football Team.