The Bucs’ cornerback situation is looking a little bit brighter as the weeks continue. Tampa Bay is slated to have Carlton Davis back this Sunday against the Falcons. It also looks like the Bucs could get Richard Sherman practicing again in the next week or two.
According to Greg Auman of The Athletic, Sherman’s plan is to return next week if he gets medically cleared by the training staff. Sherman has been on injured reserve with a calf injury and would get a 21-day window to be activated to the main roster when the time comes.
Sherman signed with the Bucs in Week 4 after Tampa Bay had so many injured players at corner. He played in in wins over the Patriots and Dolphins, recording 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. But Sherman was injured on the first series of the Bucs Thursday night game over the Eagles, which also resulted in a win. Sherman made one tackle before exiting early. The former All-Pro was placed on injured reserve after that, putting his efforts into coaching the Bucs’ cornerback room.
With the return of Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting, the Bucs will have all three of their starters back if Jamel Dean can play on Sunday. Week 13 will mark the first time Tampa Bay’s entire starting secondary plays a snap together this season. The cornerback room will go from the most decimated position on the team, to one with some real depth. It isn’t clear where Sherman will fit in the rotation when he does return to the lineup. He’s unlikely to be a top five cornerback on gameday, so a spot on the practice squad could make sense.