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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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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BigSombrero
2 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!

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RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
2 months ago

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

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RayJayinTBay
Reply to  RW
2 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!

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ScottC543
2 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

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Naplesfan
Reply to  ScottC543
2 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.

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bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 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.

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scubog
Reply to  bucballer
2 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”.

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chefboho
2 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

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Eddie
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

Wont have AB until Saints game too. Same game when Godwin will be back

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eaustinyoung
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

Shouldn’t need AB against the NCAA Giants anyways. Granted, any team can lose any game at any point, but this is the lowest-risk game we’ve seen all season. Even the Chargers and Broncos game had higher potential to trap the Bucs. Let AB sit and learn while Godwin heals and the Bucs get a nice stat-padding game to get ready.

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TBChucky
2 months ago

Well, I’m glad it’s the Giants game.. Hope like hell he’ll be back for the Saints..

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Ja'crispy
2 months ago

This is exactly why we signed AB. WR injuries all season long. Get well soon Godwin.

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Naplesfan
Reply to  Ja'crispy
2 months ago

A NFL team can never have too many quality players, because injuries are inevitable. We’ve already seen it every single week this season in the wide receiver room and in the tight ends room and in the defensive line room. The injury bug isn’t done with the Bucs yet either.

Let’s hope that Tom Brady avoids the bug’s grasp. Just ask the Cowboys how that’s working out for them in their quarterback’s room this season.

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RW
RW
2 months ago

Exactly why you sign AB. this will be Godwin’s 4th game missed with his 3rd different injury. He and Evans are great but injury prone.

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Spitfire
2 months ago

And there you go, already proof we need insurance at WR. I hope his finger heals quick, at least it isn’t a sprain. My Grandpa would have said “Just tape it to the other finger” 😂

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Roladin
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

That’s the way you end up like Brian Baldinger. I know, chicks dig scars, but that finger is ugly …

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jcscycles
2 months ago

I had a similar injury in college from catching a hard pass. They do a minor surgery, put in a pin to help it heal faster. No more than 2-3 weeks, and you get shot up before the game, anyway. With all of the 21st century medical advances in healing, he should be ready to go for the Slimy Saints.

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gcolerick
2 months ago

Godwin and Evans…..two of the most talented wide receivers in the game and two of the most injured wide receivers in the game. Need to get AB up to speed with a quickness.

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PatrioticChief
2 months ago

It sucks to see Godwin get hurt like this, especially coming off his best game of the season and looking lights out with Brady. Luckily it’s not a season ending injury. I hope he gets well quick.

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fredster
2 months ago

Godwin and Evans are having some bad luck this year but could be lot worse like ODB for Browns. This is exactly why you give AB a shot on the cheap. We should be fine for Giants, but hope this isn’t something that sidelines Godwin too long.

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surferdudes
2 months ago

You can call me Ray, you can call me Jay, but don’t forget about Johnson. Kid is two, of two with his redzone targets. Nice catches too. Miller, guys are stepping up. But it’s nice to know we’ll have a talent like AB soon, if he keeps his head on straight. Brady has lost nothing. Big Ben is getting the ball out faster then before after elbow surgery. Brees still slinging it. Right now it looks like Tom, Ben have two more good years in them.

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scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
2 months ago

You might have to explain to the youngsters the “You can call me Ray” bit that’s right up there with “Who’s on first?” Great stuff.

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PewterPose
2 months ago

Sheesh, Mark, what’s with this headline? Y’all make it sound like Evans shattered his femur. You don’t have to turn up the volume that much – this is Pewter Report – I’m gonna read every damn article anyway.

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seat26
2 months ago

Luckily we are deep at receiver. But with Evans looking hobbled and Godwin out, and the new guy still suspended, I guess the Rook is going to see some action?

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eaustinyoung
Reply to  seat26
2 months ago

Still have Gronk, Brate, 80% Evans, Justin Watson, Tyler Johnson, and Tanner Hudson/Cyril Grayson for the bottom of the depth chart. Brady has proven to be able to deliver footballs to all of these guys in crucial moments. I can’t remember the last time the Bucs had this level of offensive depth. The defensive depth is more of a worry than anything.

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PewterPose
Reply to  seat26
2 months ago

Brady could beat the Giants with Cam Newton’s receivers.

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Dude
2 months ago

Here’s to the Bucs getting their injuries over with now so towards the end of the season everyone is good to go for the playoffs. What a great time to have signed another All-Pro receiver! Go Bucs!

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