After wide receiver Chris Godwin underwent surgery to repair a fractured finger suffered in the Bucs’ match-up with the Raiders in Week 7, holding him out of Tampa Bay’s game against the Giants this past week, his status moving forward remained in question.
Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that Godwin was able to catch passes in practice on Friday and gave an update on the third-year receiver’s status for Week 9 in his post-practice press conference.
“We’ll see how sore it is tomorrow,” Arians said. “He caught the ball fine but we’ll see how sore it is. I would anticipate him probably playing, just knowing how tough he is and what it all means to him.”
When asked how much the injury would impact what Godwin is able to do for the Bucs’ offense, Arians elaborated on what measures the team is taking to get Godwin on the field and all but confirmed his status for Tampa Bay’s game against the Saints this week.
“It’s going to be, how much pain can he tolerate,” Arians said. “They’ve got a very nice split brace thing worked out that he wore today. Like I said, Chris is tough. He’ll be out there.”
With Sunday’s game coming less than two weeks after Godwin’s surgery, the risk of a setback was still a question mark for some. But Arians added that the recovery is past the point of a potential infection and that if Godwin was in any jeopardy at all then they would not let him play.