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It was a rough start to the season for Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, who suffered a serious-looking elbow injury in the first quarter against Dallas. Murphy-Bunting fell to the ground in a collision near the goal line after surrendering a touchdown catch to CeeDee Lamb. When the defender landed, his arm twisted in an ugly fashion.

But there was some good news after the game. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians seemed optimistic that Murphy-Bunting’s injury would not be as devastating as it appeared to be.

“I think Sean [Murphy-Bunting] is going to be okay,” Arians said. “It’s a dislocated elbow, but I think he’s going to be alright.”

The Bucs third-year cornerback shared a similar sentiment in this postgame tweet.

Murphy-Bunting battled injuries all of last season, playing through a host of maladies that impacted his performance. The former second round pick struggled in 2020, but turned it around with three interceptions and improved play in the postseason. If healthy, Murphy-Bunting would be one of a handful of defensive players for the Bucs that would rarely leave the field.

Replacing Murphy-Bunting on Thursday night was Jamel Dean, who was beaten early and often by the Cowboys receivers. Dean has played a lot of snaps over the past two seasons, but if Murphy-Bunting misses significant time, the third-year corner will be counted on to go the distance every game.

The Bucs next game is in ten days against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium.

Injury Update

According to the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud, the outlook on Murphy-Bunting is more optimistic than originally expected. Arians should have an update at 12:30 pm EST.

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chefboho
8 days ago

Hope for a speedy recovery my friend. It looked ugly and a lot like a dislocation. I was just worried if it was broken as well. Maybe they need to kick the tired and see if Richard Sherman would come in and play for this team? Dean is just too unreliable for my liking

Theerealdiehl
Reply to  chefboho
8 days ago

That’s why they got a MRI. If there’s an Avulsion fracture of the ligaments then it’s a longer recovery

fredster
8 days ago

I have news for Them SMB wasn’t playing worth a crap either when he got hurt. Honestly other than Davis we have no good CB’s and Dean should be a backup. You have a team in Dallas that can’t throw deep because Bucs pass rush too good even with a very good Dallas O line. You couldn’t run on Bucs. So instead you throw bunch horizontal passes all night and it works? That is 99 times out of 100 recipe for disaster and I guarantee Dallas will not be able beat other teams with a decent secondary Not running ball… Read more »

fanofdabucs
Reply to  fredster
8 days ago

He got hurt in the first fing quarter! New flash, Cowboys have 3 very good WRs and a stud QB..DAK was on pace last year to break Manning’s record for passing yards.
The game plan was to stop the run and take away the deep ball. Make Dak throw it 50 times and take your chances.
I love how we have a great year and people act like we should just roll over every team.
Dak and that offense will make a lot of defenses look terrible this year.

fredster
Reply to  fanofdabucs
8 days ago

Yes I’m aware when the injury occurred I watched game twice, and he was playing like crap before it happened. Funny Davis didnt suck first qtr or any of the game. SMB was sucking like he did first qtr like he and Dean sucked whole first half last season or more. He may be better than Dean but not saying much. Will see but I don’t think he’s going to play lot better anytime soon. As far as Dallas doing that to everyone this year will see, but they couldn’t run and didn’t try, didn’t try any deep shots because… Read more »

fredster
Reply to  fanofdabucs
8 days ago

How do you know what the game plan was? lol. You talk to Bowles? I think he played off coverage so much because Dean and company stunk. Also stop what run? Dallas didn’t even try for most part because didn’t need to with our secondary.

Last edited 8 days ago by fredster
MIArmysoldier
Reply to  fredster
8 days ago

Agree with you 💯. SMB plays with to much emotion being young. He always trying to make a big play or is off his assignment and completely blows coverage on former and latter. I hate to see him get hurt, but had he not blown his coverage and AWJr came over to try and save the TD and SMB got in the way…

JSW
JSW
8 days ago

I hate to see anyone get hurt. I hope SMB has a speedy return to health. That’s most important. Sadly, prior to the injury he looked like he did much of last year – always running around chasing the play, free catches for every receiver and always the last one to the the tackle party. Granted this was a great group of receivers he was playing against. But if your going to be a great corner – you’ve got to win the match ups, at least some of the time. It’s only the first game in. Hopefully, after he’s played… Read more »

ScottC543
8 days ago

I thought it might be a collarbone at first, but the first replay they showed it was clearly a dislocation. That had to hurt like hell.

Hopefully the damage won’t be too bad and he’ll be able to return soon.

Dallas has an excellent QB and several very good targets for him to throw to. They’ll score plenty all season long. We kept them in the game with unforced errors.

TB12 and Gronk pulled us through. Without those two we were toast.

Theerealdiehl
8 days ago

Not a terrible prognosis for an NFL CB. If he were a MLB pitcher, career would be over. Several weeks rehab and a brace, he’ll be back in 6 weeks at most.

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