Chris Godwin injury update: Buccaneers WR leaves in second quarter vs. Cowboys with hamstring injury – Sporting News

  • September 12, 2022

The Buccaneers got a surprise boost to their roster for “Sunday Night Football” against the Cowboys: Wide receiver Chris Godwin took the field just eight months after ACL surgery.
His return was short-lived, however. Godwin exited the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and was ruled out by halftime, the team announced.
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Godwin, who suffered a knee injury in December 2021, had caught three passes for 35 yards in his return. He signed a three-year, $60 million contract in the offseason after having the franchise tag placed on him for the second year in a row.
The question moving forward is if Godwin is being held out out of an abundance of caution by the Buccaneers or if something more serious is at play. After the game, Todd Bowles told reporters the Buccaneers don’t have full injury reports on Godwin yet, but the injury not being on his knee is a heartening sign for Tampa Bay.
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This story will be updated with additional information.
The Buccaneers were busy making moves at wide receiver in the offseason as they prepared for the possibility of playing without Godwin. While they were hoping his return signified they were overprepared, that turned out not to be the case Sunday.
The Bucs signed Julio Jones late in the offseason and Russell Gage Jr. during the first wave of free agency to add depth. Here are the team’s other six receivers besides Godwin, ranked:
The Buccaneers figure to do a lot of reshuffling at the position.
Gage does his best work out of the slot, while Evans and Jones will likely work outside. Perriman has been used with some regularity.
The Buccaneers leaned heavily on the running game Sunday, so they didn’t have to adjust much in-game. If Godwin does miss any time, then next week’s game against the Saints may be a better test of how the Buccaneers will recalibrate their personnel.

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