The Bucs have suffered a number of injuries to important starters in recent weeks, and their injury report reflects the dismal situation. It doesn’t help that Tampa Bay will play the Eagles on a short week this Thursday night in Philadelphia.
On Monday, Bruce Arians updated the status of inside linebacker Lavonte David, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and tight end Rob Gronkowski. David was injured in the second quarter of the Bucs 45-17 win over the Dolphins. Arians wasn’t sure if he’d be able to go because of the complexity of recovery.
“It’s a high ankle sprain and each guy is so different,” Arians said. “It doesn’t appear to be heavy swelling. It’s just a matter of when he can run and cut on it. We’ll wait and see.
Bucs FS Antoine Winfield, Jr. – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Winfield Jr. left the game early in the Bucs’ Week 4 win over the Patriots with a concussion, forcing him to miss yesterday’s game. The second-year safety has a more optimistic chance of returning on Thursday, but nothing is certain just yet.
“He was out there today doing more cognitive stuff,” Arians said. “Doing the checks and things like that. I think he can [be ready]. Will he? I don’t know yet. We’ll see how this goes.”
Last but not least is Gronkowski, who suffered broken and fractured ribs in a Week 3 loss on the road against the Rams. He’s missed the last two weeks, but Arians revealed Gronkowski could be seeing the field again soon.
“It’ll be very, very close this week,” Arians said. “We’ll wait and see.”
If none of these players are available, Kevin Minter will replace David at inside linebacker, Mike Edwards will start at safety and O.J. Howard and Cam Brate will continue to share snaps in Gronkowski’s stead.
Arians also made it clear that quarterback Tom Brady should be fine for Week 6 against the Eagles. Brady suffered a minor thumb injury in his dismantling of the Dolphins on Sunday. The injury rendered Brady limited in Monday’s practice.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned injuries were joined with some new maladies on Monday. Among the key additions to the injury report were WR Chris Godwin (limited), C Ryan Jensen (did not participate) and K Ryan Succop (full participant). Here is Monday’s injury report:
Bucs Injury Report
RB Giovani Bernard – Knee/Chest – Full Participation
QB Tom Brady – Right Thumb – Limited Participation
WR Antonio Brown – Knee – Full Participation
LB Lavonte David – Ankle – Did Not Participate
CB Jamel Dean – Knee – Full Participation
WR Chris Godwin – Knee/Ankle – Limited Participation
TE Rob Gronkowski – Ribs – Did Not Participate
C Ryan Jensen – Hip – Did Not Participate
DL Patrick O’Connor – Calf – Limited Participation
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul – Shoulder/Hand – Limited Participation
K Ryan Succop – Back – Full Participation
S Antoine Winfield – Concussion – Limited Participation
*The Buccaneers conducted a walk-through on Monday. The practice status is an estimation based on the level of participation player would have had in a regular practice.