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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

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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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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7 months ago

Demerol for everyone.

Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

me too !!!
Go Bucs!!!

Reply to  inspecto
7 months ago

Lol 🤣

7 months ago

Geez he makes it sound like they are barely gonna make it when they were close to playing a week ago. Really hope we have all hands on deck for the big game. I want every guy to be able to participate and feel responsible when we win so they all get to enjoy it and be proud! (Even though they should be proud just to have helped get us there)

Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

that’s how he should make it sound, so the chiefs arent sure who to game plan for.

Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago


Saints Fan
7 months ago

Update: 54 would play even with a gunshot wound.

Reply to  Saints Fan
7 months ago

Short of an amputation, I cannot imagine any Buc on the roster being denied the opportunity to play in a Super Bowl.

7 months ago

The one player that should not be held out -and is possibly the most deserving (even though they all are)- is number 54. That man was through some atrocious Buc seasons. I honestly am hoping he has a career game and wins super bowl mvp; it would make all those pro bowl snubs a little easier.

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