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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