The Buccaneers were without their starting cornerback Brent Grimes in Week 1 due to a groin injury. Tampa Bay will be without its other starting cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who suffered a serious shoulder injury during the team’s 48-40 win at New Orleans on Sunday while making a tackle, for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia – and possibly longer.

An Internet report surfaced Tuesday night about Hargreaves possibly having a labrum injury and missing the entire season. That could not be confirmed by PewterReport.com, and we were instead informed that no decision has been made about Hargreaves possibly going on injured reserve as he is seeing a specialist on Wednesday.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter expressed concern over Hargreaves’ injury during his Monday press conference.

“I thought he was really good,” Koetter said about Hargreaves’ game. “I thought Vernon has played well all through the preseason. He’s really worked on his game. He’s brought energy. He’s been a good leader on the field with the way he’s played, and it was just unfortunate. He made a really nice play on the play that he got hurt on and we’re just hoping for the best in that.”

Hargreaves finished Sunday’s game with seven tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

Tampa Bay signed cornerback Marcus Wiliams on Tuesday and waived center Josh Gettis. The Bucs also worked out former Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Williams has played in 49 career games, with 14 starts, totaling 105 tackles (three for loss), 27 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

The Bucs started rookie cornerback Carlton Davis on Sunday and also played fellow rookie cornerback M.J. Stewart, in addition to third year cornerback Ryan Smith. Those three will likely see the majority of action against the Eagles this Sunday in the team’s home opener, in addition to Javien Elliott, who was called up from the practice squad last week. The Bucs remain hopeful that Grimes can return as quickly as possible, perhaps on Sunday, but groin injuries can be tricky. Tampa Bay will know more on Grimes’ status for this week’s game on Wednesday.

The Bucs are also awaiting an injury update regarding wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who injured his shoulder in the first half and suffered a concussion in the second half. Jackson finished with five catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

 

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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thewbacca
thewbacca
3 years ago

Awful news, hate to hear that from a player that the team has invested in, has struggled his first 2 years, and had a good offseason. It feels like he is putting it together in nickel.

One thing about VH3 from those that report on him is that he is great at putting the negative behind him. Here’s to hoping he’s back on the field soon and ready to lock in.

If this is a season-ending injury, I hope Licht can figure out how to stock up the roster midseason without mortgaging the future.

BucWild02
BucWild02
3 years ago

Here’s to hoping VHIII gets some good news.

Until he and Grimes make it back, next man up. The rookies learn by playing. Get ready for some shootouts. It will be interesting to see who the Bucs bring in. Any trade possibilities?

BTownBucFan
BTownBucFan
3 years ago

You’re not gonna find a viable solutions on the open market. Its up to this D-line and needing more pressure on the QB to help out those young DB’s.

Borkdog
Borkdog
3 years ago

WOW, injuries are everything! Grimes, now Hargreaves, obviously JPP leg injury concerning, still no Vea, D-Jax shoulder and concussion?! So far our O-line’s health and performance came threw in big way, way to go Donovan, and Dot in recovery !!! but… D-line in limbo without clear pic for JPP and Vea’s return?! Hoping D-Jax gets healthy for Pittsburgh and Godwin shines?! MUST remain healthy, maybe this is week to feature TE’s Howard, Brate, and even Cross for quick hitters with Eagles dominant D-line in town. Fitzy needs to continue to make fast releases and decisions to neutralize Eagles pass rush.… Read more »

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

I thought VH111 played a really good game. That pass break up was nice to see also. Hope it’s not serious. Need Grimes back. I think Elliot played nickel inside ok some last year. He may be in that role again.

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
3 years ago

I really hope he can come back. Dude was looking like he was ready for a breakout season.

skipper
skipper
3 years ago

Thinking that the Bucs would have been smart to add a inexpensive aging veteran like Cromartie.

nitey
nitey
3 years ago

People are forgetting that Justin Evans was hurt in the game as well. We could be starting 3 rookies in the secondary if Evans isn’t cleared for the game even with Williams just signed. The only good thing about this weekend is that the Eagles WR corp is also injury ridden so that offers some hope that the secondary might be able to stand up with the rookies. As has been said, strong DL play is a must this week.

surferdudes
3 years ago

Breeland would be our best option if healthy. He was cut by Carolina because of a foot infection. He probably wants a lot more money then we’re going to pay the practice squad pick ups, but you get what you pay for. We could use a proven vet corner who’s only 26yrs old, now’s not the time to get cheap.

Ja'crispy
Ja'crispy
3 years ago

Really hope VH3 isnt out long. I would love if they signed Bashaud Breeland. Always liked him when he was in Washington. We need all the help we can get at CB right now.