The Bucs bad luck with wide receiver injuries continued on Sunday in their win over the Raiders.
Starter Chris Godwin broke a finger that required surgery and is expected to miss next Monday night’s game against the Giants. He could be back in time for Tampa Bay’s Sunday night showdown with the Saints on November 8 at Raymond James Stadium.
So far this season Godwin has missed three games due to injury. Fellow receiver Justin Watson has missed one game, while Mike Evans and Scotty Miller has played in all seven but both have been hampered by injuries as well and not always at 100 percent.
The Buccaneers signed Antonio Brown over the weekend for this reason according to Arians.
“It’s an insurance policy,” Arians said on Sunday. “When we don’t have Mike [Evans] and we don’t have Chris [Godwin,] why not have another Pro Bowl-caliber player that’s available and fits our cap and fits everything else? So why not? We have good players but you can’t have enough of them. In Chicago we had one of our top guys out there on one leg (Evans), why not have another one of them?”
So far this season Godwin has totaled 25 receptions for 279 yards and two scores.