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.


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6 months ago

Brady is throwing the ball so hard he’s breaking peoples fingers!

Boy was I wrong about Brady’s arm.

Here’s to hoping Chris Godwin heals fast!

Last edited 6 months ago by BigSombrero
Reply to  BigSombrero
6 months ago

Interesting that almost every other “old” QB have questions about their arms: Big Ben, Brees, Rivers. Not TB12!

Reply to  RW
6 months ago

I was thinking the same thing and talking about just this thing the other day. Hard to argue that the time and money invests back into his body each year with his trainer is not paying off. The touchdown to Tyler Johnson was a rifle shot too!

6 months ago

I wonder if he broke it catching the bullet from TB12 or doing the summersault after the catch? Either way, breaking your finger and still holding on the the TD catch… Wow

Reply to  ScottC543
6 months ago

I remember back in the day when Brett Favre was playing, and virtually all of his receivers complained of repeatedly jammed fingers from his bullet passes.

Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Brett Favre… Doug Williams threw bullets! I was once in Tampa Stadium when he under pressure from about his own 25 yard line, he threw a pass while falling down and it went 20-30 rows in the seats! He threw absolute darts.

Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

Your comment made me remember when a reporter once asked Dougie if he threw the ball too hard; to which he replied, “They caught it in college”.

6 months ago

and this is why its so important to give AB a shot. Get better sooner than later CG. Brady threw an absolute rope to him on that TD