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Bucs starting safety Jordan Whitehead has missed the start of training camp after being placed on the COVID/Reserve list. Tampa Bay’s other starting safety, Antoine Winfield, Jr., was absent on Monday’s practice. Head coach Bruce Arians said Winfield tested positive for COVID-19 after practice, which is why he was held out.

Winfield tested negative upon retesting on Monday, so the team believes it was a false positive test from Sunday. He was held out of Monday’s practice for precautionary reasons.

The Bucs are quite thin at safety with newcomer Raven Greene also absent due to personal reasons. Greene’s absence has been excused by the team, but no timetable has been set for his return.

Tampa Bay has had to turn to Mike Edwards and Javon Hagan to start, with cornerback Ross Cockrell seeing time at free safety on both Sunday and Monday. Young safeties like Auggie Contressa and Lawrence White IV have gotten increased reps as a result.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
1 month ago

What a greeat way to get out of training camp. This one year player learns fast.

TBChucky
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

You know Winfield wants to be out there.. The kid can’t help it if he gets an inaccurate test..

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

WTF man? Are you just basically a misanthrope?

gcolerick
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Somebody ate a dictionary

bucballer
1 month ago

Want to get fired up for the season Buc fans? Then watch the two minute video of Tom Brady and the Joe Jugs machine! Absolutely incredible. I found it by looking for “the GOAT gets ready for training camp… something along those lines. Watch it! U will be amazed. The last scene, Brady walks off and says, “Come on!”

cozart
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

If you believe that video is real, I have a bridge you maybe interested in…

bucballer
Reply to  cozart
1 month ago

Maybe it’s not. But that’s the point. It certainly gets u fired up and believing Brady can do the impossible… like winning back to back SuperBowls in Tampa! Still fun to watch!

surferdudes
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

Agreed. Why shouldn’t we be enjoying the last two years of Brady’s greatness? Brady has been showing a way different personality here in Tampa. He never did stuff like the jugs machine in N.E.. We’re getting a much more open Tom Brady in Tampa, enjoy.

Horse
Reply to  surferdudes
1 month ago

Absolutely.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  surferdudes
1 month ago

We have Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr as our QB the 43 soon to be 44 QB crushed it with a fully torn MCL. So while we definitely have things to overcome this year, we have the GOAT leading the way. It boggles my mind how people get wrapped up into training camp performances after just two days. I like Arians calling out the guts to get better in the heat, but also, that will come.

Horse
1 month ago

Thank you Scott. Are you going to put out some kind of statement on Mark Cook. You have a lot of history with him and I’m sure some funny memories.

76Buc
1 month ago

What? No hamstrings?!

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