The Bucs didn’t last two drives in Thursday’s game before they lost another player in their 28-22 win over the Eagles. Starting cornerback Richard Sherman pulled his hamstring in the first quarter. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Sherman would likely miss a couple weeks.
“He hasn’t gotten in the MRI tube yet,” Bruce Arians said on Friday. “We don’t know anything really. [Or] how severe it is.”
While Sherman could be out for Week 7, Arians did reveal some good news regarding safety Antoine Winfield Jr. The Bucs second-year safety has missed the last two games with a concussion.
“Hopefully we’ll have Antoine back for sure,” Arians said. “He was very close before we left. We’ll get him out of the protocol, hopefully.”
Bucs ILB Lavonte David – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
There’s still a number of injured players the Bucs are hoping to get back against the Bears. The two most notable question marks are linebacker Lavonte David and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Bucs players will be off over the weekend, so there will be ample opportunity to recover.
“At that point, I don’t know who else might be back,” Arians said. “It’s still going to be a crapshoot that way.”
Those two players are a bit closer to return, and the Bucs also have cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting on injured reserve. They’re not expected back any time soon, either. But with the Bucs bye in three weeks, Arians was asked if the starting cornerback duo could return after that.
“I don’t know about Sean, and we’re still waiting to see about Carlton,” Arians said. “I can’t really say because they’re making progress, but it’s not fast.”
Until then, the Bucs will rely on their depth players to step up in replacement.
“It’s always the next man up,” Arians said. “Injuries – it’s never going to stop. That’s the history of the game. I think, knock on wood, three or four weeks from now we’ll get some guys back and we can have a really good, deep football team.”