With cornerback Jamel Dean working his way back from a concussion that forced him to miss the Bucs’ Week 12 match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs and receiver Chris Godwin recently undergoing a minor surgery to remove pins from the broken finger he sustained on a touchdown grab against the Raiders in Week 7, head coach Bruce Arians gave updates on the status of both players on Tuesday.
After clearing the league’s concussion protocol and returning to practice on Monday following the Bucs’ bye week, Dean missed practice on Tuesday with a separate injury, per Arians, that may put the second-year defensive back’s availability on Sunday in jeopardy.
“[Dean] cleared the protocol,” Arians said. “But he had a very, very sore groin so he did not practice today. Hopefully we’ll get him healed up.”
And Godwin missed practice, as expected, on Tuesday after undergoing his surgery on Monday.
“There’s no way, with that finger and having the pins taken out, that I was going to let the ball touch him,” Arians said. “He went through the walkthrough and caught one upside down and backwards but no, he’s not going to catch any balls until Friday.”
Godwin has missed four games this season with multiple injuries but has also battled through injuries to ensure that he gets on the field for Tampa Bay in other weeks. The Bucs will release their first injury report of the week on Tuesday afternoon as Godwin’s status is monitored throughout the rest of the week.