As the Bucs continue preparations for their Week 1 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, safety Jordan Whitehead still has not joined the team at practice. Whitehead continues to get one-on-one work with trainers as he recovers from what coach Bruce Arians called a hamstring injury.

During Sunday’s media session Arians asked what his comfortability level was with the safety depth if Whitehead wasn’t able to go on Thursday.

“Super comfortable,” Arians said. “Ross (Cockrell) has had a hell of a camp and obviously made the transition easily for us. Mike is a ballhawk. So, I’m very, very comfortable with where we’re at there.”

When asked if he would miss the hard hitting style of Whitehead he added, “Definitely. I mean, there’s only one Jordan. I’m not counting him out yet.”

While Arians isn’t counting him out, with just one practice left before the game, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Whitehead will play. A veteran of the system on defense, he doesn’t need much time to prepare and has surely been a part of the game planning meetings. It will all come down to how healthy he is and how good the hamstring feels.

The Bucs are in a great position, though, with their safety depth. Mike Edwards would be a starter for most teams and Ross Cockrell hasn’t looked out of place all summer. Either player should be able to answer the call if Whitehead can’t go. We’ll get a better picture later on Monday when the first injury report of the season is released. Until then, it’s a safe bet to label Whitehead doubtful for Thursdays tilt against the Cowboys.

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bucballer
bucballer
9 months ago

That’s what ur depth is for. Next man up. U never know when ur chance will come. U have to stay ready and perform when ur number is called. Either of those players will be just fine if called upon.

drdneast
drdneast
9 months ago

If this is hamstring issue, the only therapy for it is time and rest. Don’t rush it, both our backups are very capable and Edwards could start for a number of teams.

scubog
scubog
9 months ago

Got to meet Jordan’s parents a couple of years ago when he was a rookie. Really nice people. Got to meet Mike Edwards too. We’re fortunate to have both young men.