The Bucs announced on Wednesday that they have placed cornerback Richard Sherman on injured reserve. Sherman was working his way back from a hamstring injury, but then suffered a separate calf injury while warming up before the Washington game that forced that Bucs to list him as a game day inactive.

At practice, Sherman was seen with a walking boot on his left leg, signaling that it could be some time before he’s playing again. Bruce Arians had said earlier in the week that he “seriously doubted” Sherman would be back anytime soon.

Sherman signed with the Bucs in Week 4 and was quickly thrown into the mix in a game against the Patriots out of necessity, playing 98 percent of the snaps after just three days of practice. He played in almost all of the defensive snaps the next week against Miami, but then pulled his hamstring in the opening minutes of the Bucs’ Week 6 win on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

In essentially two games and six more snaps of a third, Sherman made 11 tackles and recovered a fumble. After he was unable to play on Sunday and Dee Delaney suffered a concussion in the game, the Bucs were in dire straights at corner having just Jamel Dean, Ross Cockrell and Pierre Desir available.

Help could be on the way for the Bucs, though, as they have two spots available on the roster following Sherman’s move to the IR. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting has been practicing for the last two weeks, while Carlton Davis III began running individually with trainers watching.

With the two spots open, presumably Murphy-Bunting and wide receiver Scotty Miller, who has also been practicing for the same amount of time, would take those slots. There’s still no timetable for a return for Davis, but the fact that he was out there is a good sign.

The Bucs have an extra day to see who can be available for them at corner before they play a home game against the New York Giants on Monday night.

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surferdudes
6 months ago

I.R.? Just cut his ass, he’s over the hill.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

It’s different when the player is injured. Can’t just “cut him”.

fredster
fredster
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

He may or may not be over the hill. Until he’s healthy and plays who knows. Any player that tries to play off the couch and not football shape is likely to be inured. Even if you could cut him I sure wouldn’t say cut him he’s over the hill with all damn injuries and horrid play by our CB’s. An option is good to have he hasn’t been on field enough here to say he’s done imo. I know coaches and lot people smarter than us watched him practice and if was clear he couldn’t play anymore he wouldn’t… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by fredster
Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

Imagine if your job did that if you got sick or something and couldn’t work for a bit Haha. At least he will still have value as a Player Coach.

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 months ago

Davis getting back and staying back is about the biggest key for our success this season. SMB may not be perfect but him and Davis back will change this this Defense for the better. Delaney coming back will help too with Sherman helping Coach on the sideline at least.

drdneast
drdneast
5 months ago

They can cut him when they like, injured or healthy, but as a veteran they still have to pay out his entire contract. Apparently they think they can still squeeze a couple of games out of him but I think that is wishful thinking.
Almost as big a waste of money as drafting someone in the second round and knowing they are going to sit on the bench for the entire year.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

Boy, once you get an agenda in your head it just keeps dripping out like an annoying leaky faucet…….. on and on and on. You’re savvy enough to know Drafts aren’t for a single season.