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.

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AlexanderNascimento
7 months ago

Yeah, baby!!!
LFG!!
Go Bucs

eaustinyoung
7 months ago

Love the idea of every weapon healthy and ready to go. I just don’t know if forcing players and complicating injuries is prudent. Bucs are trying to win in the postseason – not regular season. But I’m obviously not in the facility and at practices so what do I know. This could all be calculated misdirection too. Make them think Godwin is 70% when he’s really 85%.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

Sean Payton is a snake. I’d bet MONEY that the Michael Thomas and Drew Brees injury reports are overinflated to not completely reveal their offensive plans.

Arians is cunning enough to do the same. Whether it’s making Godwin seem healthier than he is to distract from AB or making Godwin seem broken to use AB as the distraction.

Last edited 7 months ago by eaustinyoung
Ja'crispy
7 months ago

Fantastic news!!! Chris is tough as nails. This offense looks much better with him out there on the field.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Ja'crispy
7 months ago

There isn’t a secondary in the NFL that can cover Evans, Godwin, Gronk, and Brown. Period. They better hope they can sack Brady because Saints secondary about to get thumped.

gcolerick
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

And then you have Miller, Johnson and Brate coming off the bench. Can you say loaded.

matador
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

That’s kind of the problem, with Smith and without Marpet we are likely to have a leaky line. I’ve felt from day 1 we’d go as far as the OL allows. Will need to spend at least one if not two high picks on the OL next draft so we can adios Smith, though needs on the DL may make it tough to double dip.

bucballer
7 months ago

Pick ur poison! This will be exciting game. Win, and clearly it will be a statement win. We just need all three facets of the game to play well and play penalty free, or close to it, football. If this happens then Brady will do the rest…

Eddie
7 months ago

Diving for low balls which Brady like to throw will be a problem with a broken finger. So he probably won’t be running short routes

fredster
7 months ago

Catching ball is one thing but hanging on and not fumbling seems like might be a concern with bad finger. Can’t wait to actually see Godwin, Evans, Miller, Gronk, and AB all healthy at same time. Saints always hold evens to nothing but he’s healthy now and kissed about first game so I think he goes off.

Spitfire
7 months ago

That’s great news. WHAT ABOUT MARPET ?!?!?!

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

He said if Marpet can’t play they will either put in Joe Haeg in at LG or move Jensen over and have Shipley play C

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

So I’d assume he hasn’t passed protocol yet. There’s still tomorrow though

Dave
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

Heard he’s out. That’s a killer. Of all weeks for Marpet to miss, it has to be this week. I have flashbacks of Brady taking big shots week 1. The OLine is huge this week. This game is truly a toss up now without Marpet. We better scheme ways to keep Brady upright. If Godwin plays, at least we have a ton of pass catchers that can get open quickly, if the pass rush is getting home sooner than we’d like.

Ron Potter
7 months ago

Cool pic of Chris Godwin!