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The Bucs got a big win in Week 12, rallying from 10 down to beat the Colts, 38-31. But they lost more players in the process, as cornerback Jamel Dean went down in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Dean was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. After the win, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians spoke about the third-year defender.

“I have no idea,” Arians said when asked about the severity of Dean’s injury. “It’s not very good.”

The Bucs are already playing without top cornerback Carlton Davis, who has been out since Week 4 with a quad injury. Sean Murphy-Bunting just returned to the lineup, but was shredded by the Colts in his second game back. Dean has been the Bucs best cornerback this season with Davis out, so his loss is a huge one. However, Davis began practicing this week and could return to the lineup against the Falcons or Bills, the Bucs’ next two opponents.

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – Photo by: USA Today

Dean was injured making a tackle in the first quarter. The Bucs also lost linebacker Devin White, guard Aaron Stinnie and return man Jaelon Darden on Sunday. White returned to the game in the second half despite a hip injury. The third-year linebacker entered the game with a quad injury.

Tampa Bay was already without guard Ali Marpet, wide receiver Antonio Brown and Davis on Sunday. All three could play next week against Atlanta, which would give the team critical reinforcements. If Dean and Davis can’t go, Pierre Desir will likely start across from Murphy-Bunting in Week 13.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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1 month ago

The injuries this team has suffered this year has been broderline ridiculous. Hell of a roster buult by Licht and the guys akonf with Tom to keep us winning during these injuries.

1 month ago

Damn injuries to CB’s been crazy this year. Let’s hope Marpet or Stinnie arent out too long. Leverette sucks bad.

1 month ago

Where’s Delany? Is he hurt again? Didn’t he clear confusion protocol? How bad is Stinnie injured? If he is out for a while we need Marpet back badly but healthy.

Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
1 month ago

Injuries have been such a problem this year in the secondary, you gotta be think we’re drafting another CB in the first or second round in the next draft. I’m not confident over the long term health of our top 3.

1 month ago

Who’s the strength and conditioning coach?

1 month ago

The team is amazing! No one else in the NFL has our mass of injuries across the board and we are 8-3; I’m grateful our team has so much talent and good coaching. Go Bucs! Thank you!

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