Chris Godwin has been added to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ injury list ahead of Thursday night’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Due to a quad injury, the receiver was labeled as a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice. On Monday, Godwin’s name did not appear on the injury report.
It’s unknown whether the 25-year-old wideout will be able to play through the problem. When the game status report is out on Wednesday, we’ll have a clearer idea of his participation level.
The Buccaneers have depth at wideout, with youngster Jaelon Darden and Tyler Johnson backing up the top four, but Godwin’s absence in the opener would be a major blow to the Super Bowl champions.
Receiver Antonio Brown was reported as not practicing due to a knee issue on the Bucs’ injury report, but it may have been a veteran off day for the 33-year-old. Veteran rest days were also awarded to Rob Gronkowski, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Bruce McLenna, all of whom are Patriots.
Returning to the beginning Giovani Bernard (ankle) returned to full participation on Tuesday and is expected to be ready to play Thursday night.
Jordan Whitehead (hamstring) did not practice again, and coach Bruce Arians announced that the safety would miss the first game of the season. Whitehead’s spot will most likely be filled by Mike Edwards.