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 – 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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