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Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a calf injury in pre-game warm-ups at Washington on Sunday and wasn’t able to play in the team’s 29-19 loss. Sherman returned to practice last week after recovering from a hamstring injury in the first series at Philadelphia that caused him to miss the Chicago and New Orleans games. The team was hopeful that he could return to action and start at Washington.

According to Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, the 33-year old Sherman suffered a fairly serious injury to his calf.

“‘Sherm’ strained his calf before the game,” Arians said on Monday, awaiting the results of an MRI. “I doubt seriously if he’ll be back anytime soon.”

On Tuesday night, the results of that MRI were revealed by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who reported that Sherman had suffered a grade 2 calf strain that would cause Sherman to miss several weeks.

Dee Delaney started in place of Sherman on Sunday and struggled, giving up a touchdown in the first half. Delaney also suffered a concussion and is in the protocol, which will likely miss Tampa Bay’s upcoming game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium next week.

Arians said that starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who has been out since Week 1 when he suffered a dislocated elbow, returned to practice and started using his arm last week. He’s made enough progress that there is a chance he could play on Monday night.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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18 days ago

As much as the injury gods favored us last year…they’re definitely $hitting on our secondary this year

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18 days ago

Results of trying to play into game shape. I wish the team would have waited before rushing him into the lineup because now it’s a domino affect with injuries.

18 days ago

That’s what happens when guys come off couch and try to play in an NFL game. There is no evidence had he not been injured he could have played any better than our scrubs anyways.

18 days ago

Like I said before we signed him and shortly thereafter, I’m a fan of Sherman but the game has passed him by. He has played poorly all season when on the field, which is a rare occurrence because he has been routinely injured. Significant injury in warmups? *SMH*

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