Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians shared an injury update with the media during the Super Bowl LV conference calls regarding four of his Buccaneers that were on last week’s injury report.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown and rookie free safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. missed the Bucs’ 31-26 win over the Packers at Green Bay in last week’s NFC Championship Game. Brown suffered a knee injury in the first half of Tampa Bay’s divisional win at New Orleans and missed the second half.
Winfield injured his ankle in practice before the Packers game. He was initially a game-time decision, but was ruled out after a pre-game workout with trainers and replaced by Mike Edwards.
Strong safety Jordan Whitehead suffered a shoulder injury when he forced a fumble hitting running back Aaron Jones at the start of the third quarter. Whitehead left the game and was replaced by Andrew Adams in the second half.
Bucs SS Jordan Whitehead and Packers RB Aaron Jones – Photo by: USA Today
“I saw them with the trainers today,” Arians said. “Antoine looks a little bit better. Antonio is getting close. He did a little bit Thursday. We’ll see how sore he is. Jordan – it’s way too early to tell still.”
The other Buccaneer that was on the injury report was linebacker Lavonte David, who sustained a hamstring injury against the Packers.
“It happened in the third quarter of the Green Bay game,” Arians said. “It was a very slight one, but we’ve been nursing him. We’re going to make sure [he’s ready]. He was running today pretty good. You would have to shoot him to get him out of this game.”
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