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The Bucs have to keep shuffling the deck at cornerback with injury after injury. Jamel Dean left Sunday’s game early with a shoulder injury and might be out next game. But luckily, they could get top cornerback Carlton Davis III back this week.

Speaking with Bruce Arians on Monday, he was optimistic that Davis will play for the first time since Week 4.

“He had a real good week of practice last week,” Arians said. “We’ll see how this [week] goes. He had a great workout before the game. Right now, I’m hoping he’ll be ready to roll.”

Davis suffered a quad injury in a win over the Patriots on Sunday Night Football and was placed on injured reserve soon after. The Bucs opened the 21-day practice window to activate him off of IR last week. Davis had been seen running off to the side during practice.

Given the uncertainty of Dean’s availability for Sunday’s game in Atlanta, the Bucs need Davis back in the worst way. As it currently stands, the Bucs would be down to Sean Murphy-Bunting, who struggled in the win over the Colts, and backups Pierre Desir, Dee Delaney and Ross Cockrell. Safety Mike Edwards has stepped into the slot over the past three games as well. But the defensive back is currently nursing a bruised knee.

Not only do they need Davis for depth purposes, but he is their best corner on the roster and the most reliable player at the position. He has 15 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception in four games this season.

The Bucs travel again this week to play Atlanta on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

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1 month ago

I get nervous every time i look at the injury report. This back end of the defense has been shredded on every level this year. Ive never seen anything like it. Hopefully Edwards is ok because i doubt we even get Devin White back next game. Just crazy

1 month ago

Need different strength training coaching team or different regiment. Players are just too fragile, it is a long season, better strength training can help.

1 month ago

It just cracks me up how some folks think all a coach has to do is get anyone off the street and tell them, as Sapp would say, “put a jersey on” and his “scheme” will take care of the rest. Even our trio of starters weren’t first round Draft picks. Now we’re trying to play with the “Off the Street Boys” and expecting better results than 8 dash 3 and a # 8 defensive ranking. My goodness how things have changed since the days of Rod “Toast” Jones.

1 month ago

Granted Davis may need time to get up to speed but getting him back is huge for this Defense. Even if teams wanna pick on whoever is on the other side, he provides a shut down of one side and doesn’t need as much help over the top which allows help to the other side which will hopefully start to get us back to not being a secondary other teams think they can pick on. Getting this secondary healthy before the post season is the key to killing it on both sides of the ball.

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