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Hamstring injuries to wide receivers Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller leave the Bucs with just three healthy wide receivers heading into Saturday’s game against Houston. Both Godwin and Miller are expected to join Mike Evans on the sideline and be out for the rest of the season. All three Buccaneers are candidates for injured reserve if they can’t return for either of the final two games, as expected.

Breshad Perriman, who started the season as the team’s No. 3 wide receiver and is coming off a career-high 113-yard, three-touchdown performance in Tampa Bay’s 38-17 win at Detroit, now becomes Jameis Winston’s primary receiver with seldom-used second-year pass catcher Justin Watson getting promoted to the starting ranks as the No. 2 wideout. Ishmael Hyman, who was just signed from the practice squad last week, will be the third-string receiver.

Former Bucs WR Bobo Wilson

Former Bucs WR Bobo Wilson – Photo by: Getty Images

But the Bucs will need more help at wide receiver to finish the season with two games left. Tampa Bay could re-sign Bobo Wilson, who was cut after he muffed a punt against Carolina in London. Wilson is currently on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad.

Another player that seems destined to be added to the 53-man roster is Trevion Thompson, an undrafted free agent out of Clemson, who is currently on the Bucs’ practice squad. Those additions would give Tampa Bay five healthy receivers for Saturday.

Injuries to tight end Tanner Hudson (head) and safety Jordan Whitehead (hamstring) could also see the Bucs promote tight end Codey McElroy and safety John Battle from the practice squad if the injuries to Hudson and Whitehead are deemed to be season-ending.

***UPDATED 12:30 p.m. Sources tell PewterReport.com that the Bucs likely won’t sign Bobo Wilson from the Panthers practice squad and will go in a different direction.

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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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BucRy
1 year ago

Going to need Howard and Brate to step up.

nybuccguy
1 year ago

These last two games are glorified preseason games. Lets let the developmental players get some snaps, stay competitive, but take some L’s to help draft position.

TBAtlas
Reply to  nybuccguy
1 year ago

Nope! This team ain’t visiting Uncle Shay’s restaurant for Ls! Give me an extra large helping of Ws!

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  nybuccguy
1 year ago

nybuccguy and here I thought I was the only one lol.. what a culture changer these last 2 games will be! smh… I’m sure they mean a lot to the players, but anything without the playoffs makes no difference. Tank it!

Buc76
1 year ago

People who buy tickets don’t want to see a loss. Play to win. Design a game plan based on the personnel we have for Saturday. Defense carries the load. No turnovers, limit penalties, no missed kicks. Win it 23-20 something like that. Dungy Ball like we beat Carolina the 2nd game over the year.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Buc76
1 year ago

How many Bucs season ticket holders are there again?

owlykat
1 year ago

BA will do everything in his power to win the last two games and don’t count him out, despite the injuries. With Howard and Brate as additional receivers Jameis will have enough good targets to win the last two games. The work with Jameis to boost his deep pass accuracy has been a huge success which will pay great dividends for the Bucs in the future. The first repeating interceptions happen because our adversaries know Jameis has been taught from whatever side the blitz is coming from just throw an outlet pass to that side and the interceptor knows where… Read more »

htownbucfan03
1 year ago

I think it wud b interesting to see if O.J. Could fill in that Godwin type role he has the tools and blocking ability and would b a matchup nightmare

fredster
1 year ago

Screw losing that’s stupid. Injuries really have piled up if we were still in playoff wildcard hunt would be real bummer.

bucballer
1 year ago

We don’t need to “tank for Tua!” This organization has had a losing cloud floating over it for years! The sun is just now starting to peek out a bit and u suggest we call it in the last 2 games? That’s just awful thinking and whether we win out or lose out our draft order won’t change that drastically anyway. Winning out will do more positive for this organization than “tanking for Tua” will ever do. I’m just saying…

BUC 727
1 year ago

Somebody please get Dez Bryant or Antonio Brown on the phone…JK

NaplesFan2.0
1 year ago

The funniest part about the argument, is it’s something the Bucs won’t do. They will try and win. Maybe looking at it as more season to season, than game to game, is what we need in the front office. Arians is the right coach. Still searching for the right GM.

plopes808
1 year ago

These new injuries will hurt, but not much as we aren’t in the running for playoffs anyway. Looking forward to Perriman and OJ helping me win the fantasy playoffs!

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