The Bucs have placed another starting cornerback on injured reserve – this time it’s Carlton Davis III. Davis injured his quadriceps muscle in Tampa Bay’s 19-17 win at New England on Sunday night. Davis had to be helped from the field and carted to the locker room.

Davis joins fellow starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting on injured reserve. Murphy-Bunting was placed on injured reserve after dislocating his elbow after the team’s 31-29 season opening win over Dallas. Davis is expected to miss several weeks and will be out at least three weeks with his placement on I.R.

“It’s a quad injury – pulled muscle,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday when addressing Davis’ injury. He didn’t have a timetable for his return.

Davis indicated that he will return before the season is over in a tweet on Twitter on Wednesday.

Davis, who is in a contract year, leads the Bucs with five pass breakups and has the lone interception by any Tampa Bay cornerback this year through four games.

The Bucs currently have six cornerbacks on the active roster – Jamel Dean, who is coming off a Week 3 knee injury, Richard Sherman, Ross Cockrell, Dee Delaney, Pierre Desir and Rashard Robinson. Tampa Bay’s roster currently stands at 52 as the team did not make a corresponding roster move after putting Davis on injured reserve.

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Captain Sly
15 days ago

Tough News because He’s irreplaceable. Tom Brady, D. Smith and Carlton Davis

Reply to  Captain Sly
14 days ago

He looked pretty replaceable against the Patriots. Pierre Desir filled in.

15 days ago

Had a feeling. If we can just make it to the bye at worst 2-2 we should hopefully get everyone back after 6 weeks from the last injury. If JPP and Dean come back Sun that will be a big help. Bowles just needs to rush 4 and keep guy back in coverage to make up for the loss of 2 of our top CBs. He loves to blitz but while we are handicapped, the guys up front are gonna have to earn their pay.

Reply to  Spitfire
14 days ago

Even with the injuries, 2-2 would be a big disappointment. I think we could go 4-0, but 3-1 would be acceptable. The 2 home games (Dolphins, Bears) should be gimmies. Road games against the Eagles and Saints should be a split at worst. Neither team is all that good. Hopefully they can win them all I really want to see us get the #1 seed.

14 days ago

Shaq Barrett and the rest of the front seven needs to step up, and do it now. Get home. Show the NFL that you’re the best unit because you are. Devin white needs to play under control and start being the force he can be. Too talented up front as We have the assets to be in the QBs face every play. We did better in new England, burywe can do better. Let’s go.

14 days ago

I think Rashard Robinson is back on the Practice Squad, but perhaps will now be elevated again with Davis going on IR.

14 days ago

This was a smart thing to do. After our bye week, we should have them all back. Go Bucs! Show us what you can do in these next 3 games!