According to the final injury report, the Bucs have ruled out safety Antoine Winfield Jr. for their upcoming game against the Eagles. Winfield remains in concussion protocol and won’t be cleared by Thursday night. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and LB Lavonte David will not travel with the team either.
In addition to these three absences, center Ryan Jensen, defensive lineman Patrick O’Connor and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul are questionable to play. All three were full participants in Wednesday’s walk-through. Jensen was limited during the week with a hip injury. O’Connor missed Week 5, but worked his way back through the week of practice. His presence will be a welcome sight on special teams.
Pierre-Paul played 76 percent of snaps against the Dolphins, and does not have a new injury. It’s clear the Bucs are being careful with his broken finger and sore shoulder during the week. Pierre-Paul could be a mainstay on the injury report, similar to how he was last season. It would be a surprise if he doesn’t start on Thursday night.
The Bucs will now be without four defensive starts in Philadelphia: CB Carlton Davis, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, Winfield and David. Pierre-Paul will likely play with a club on his right hand, which will limit his effectiveness.
ILB Lavonte David (ankle) – Did Not Participate – OUT
TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) – Did Not Participate – OUT
S Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion) – Did Not Participate – OUT
C Ryan Jensen (hip) – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
DL Patrick O’Connor (calf) – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
RB Giovani Bernard (knee/chest) – Full Participation QB Tom Brady (right thumb) – Full Participation
WR Antonio Brown (knee) – Full Participation
CB Jamel Dean (knee) – Full Participation
WR Chris Godwin (knee/ankle) –Full Participation
K Ryan Succop (back) – Full Participation
As for the Eagles, the absence of Lane Johnson means their offensive line is hurting. Philadelphia has already lost starting guards Brandon Brooks and Isaac Seumalo to injured reserve. A fourth starter, center Jason Kelce, will play. As will left tackle Jordan Mailata, the team’s other remaining regular starter. Tight end Dallas Goedert will likely miss Thursday night’s game on the COVID list.
Here is the Eagles full Wednesday injury report:
T Lane Johnson (not injury related – personal matter) – Did Not Participate – OUT
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