Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Report: Tom Brady’s Three Favorite Targets Missing

Published 11/12/2021, 4:29 PM EST
Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a rough season when it comes to the number of injuries in their 53-man roster. The injuries have been piling up from day one and the pile does not seem to reduce. Instead, their week 10 fixture against the Washington Football Team is going to be one of the toughest for them to deal with as a major of the core team has been sidelined.

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And although the defensive backfield has received most of the attention for their ailments but the offensive side too has been plagued by the same. Because of which the Redskins will be going up against an incomplete side with most of Tom Brady’s top receiving options sidelined.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers core team tumbles down

The Buccaneers’ starting receiver Chris Godwin is reportedly dealing with a foot injury because of which his status for the Sunday fixture remains “uncertain”, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Godwin’s injury is a new disaster for the Bucs to deal with and his involvement in Thursday and Friday’s practice sessions is going to determine his participation in the match.

Talking of prevailing and more familiar injuries, tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Antonio Brown continue to suffer from their lingering ailments with a back and a foot injury, respectively. Both the veterans were not seen during Wednesday’s practice session rather, they were on the sidelines doing their own work, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

“So Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown are only working on the side with trainers at Bucs practice today,” said Auman. “Neither looks close to being in play for Sunday… And yes, no boot on Antonio Brown today, though I didn’t see him run and he was walking gingerly.”

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Reinforcement for the Buccaneers

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Talking about fill ups, the Buccaneers have signed veteran receiver Breshad Perriman who has played for the team in 2019 and his familiarity with the squad could bring in value if not a perfect replacement. “He brings a lot. He’s a big guy who can run and take the top off (a defense), just like he did here a couple years ago,” Arians said. “He’s someone we’re very familiar with, and he’s familiar with us, so it’s great insurance.”

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Assuming the lacking of their starting options, the Bucs will be backing up the seven-time Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady with Mike Evans, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, Tyler Johnson and Perriman for the week. With that unfamiliarity in the core team, it is surely going to be a challenge for the defending champions in week 10.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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