The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ medical department remains extremely busy at the beginning of the season. On Friday, head coach Todd Bowles confirmed during a press conference that wide receiver Chris Godwin will not play against the New Orleans Saints.
Recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined him for the final stretch of the 2021 season, Chris Godwin injured his thigh muscle during the win over the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to the wide receiver, Donovan Smith is also a doubt for the match.
The left tackle injured his elbow in the first half of the game against the Cowboys. Bowles stated that Smith’s situation has not been defined yet, but he believes that the veteran is unlikely to be able to play this week.
“Donovan is close to coming back, but he is unlikely to recover in time for the game. We will see. We’ll decide about the other players on Sunday.”
Other Buccaneers players on the injury list include wide receivers Mike Evans (calf), Russell Gage (thigh), Julio Jones (knee) and Breshad Perriman, running back Leonard Fournette (thigh) and right tackle Tristan Wirfs (abdomen).
Tampa Bay will try to end an eight-game losing streak against the Saints in regular season games. The most recent triumph came during the playoffs during the Super Bowl LV title campaign. The division rivals meet in New Orleans this Sunday.