The Bucs will have to impact the quarterback without Jason Pierre-Paul again in Week 4, as the outside linebacker did not make the trip to New England. Pierre-Paul has been nursing a shoulder injury that held him out in Week 3. He worked his way back to limited participation in Friday’s practice, but wasn’t healthy enough to play. Pierre-Paul could return in Week 5 against the Dolphins.

Unfortunately, the hits kept coming for Tampa Bay on Saturday. No. 1 cornerback Carlton Davis, who practiced all week with an abdomen injury, is now questionable. The Bucs are already without fellow starting cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean. Davis is by far the team’s best cornerback, and has been terrific this season.

The Bucs promoted veteran CB Pierre Desir to the active roster in response to Davis’ designation. DT Khalil Davis was shockingly waived to make room for Desir. CB Rashard Robinson was also elevated from the practice squad for Week 4. The Bucs also have 5-time All-Pro Richard Sherman waiting in the wings. Sherman was signed on Wednesday morning. Originally, Sherman was not expected to play against New England. But given the Bucs current injury concerns, he’ll likely see the field at least a little bit.

The Bucs will face the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in Week 4. They’ll square off with Tom Brady’s old team without the service of TE Rob Gronkowski, RB Giovani Bernard, WR Scotty Miller, Pierre-Paul, Dean, Murphy-Bunting and perhaps Davis. A tall task, to say the least.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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danielob
danielob
9 months ago

Run the ball. Run the ball right down their throats, 6 O- line men, pound them , control the line of scrimmage and time of possession. Corner blitzs, use 3 safeties, mix it up. We win this one, despite the injuries.

SaskBucs
SaskBucs
9 months ago

I think that’s a sound plan Danielob and would be nice to see variety like that to keep teams on their toes, but the offense is mostly intact so Tom will be airing it out to Evans, Godwin and Brown as usual. Hopefully changing the D schemes, as you suggested, will happen.
Can Kyle Trask play CB? Asking for someone else…

pinkstob
pinkstob
9 months ago

So much for “I’m traveling and I’m playing.”