Bruce Arians Offers Mixed News on Sean Murphy-Bunting Injury Update

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians offers mixed news on the latest Sean Murphy-Bunting injury updated.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians offers mixed news on the latest Sean Murphy-Bunting injury updated. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

While the 2021 NFL season is still fairly young, several players have already been lost to injuries. One of those is Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who left the first quarter of last week's season-opening game against the Dallas Cowboys with a dislocated elbow.

Head coach Bruce Arians provided an update on Murphy-Bunting on Friday, although, it was mixed above all else. He told reporters that the 24-year-old cornerback does not need surgery and could be back by the end of the season. There isn't any sort of timetable on his return, so it's still looking like Murphy Bunting will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Sean Murphy-Bunting Injury Update

Murphy-Bunting has been one of the mainstays in Tampa Bay's secondary ever since joining the team in 2019, starting in 24 of a possible 33 games in that span. He was coming off of a 2020 campaign that saw him solidify his role as a starter by recording 70 total tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

Losing Murphy-Bunting for any number of games is a serious blow to the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay surrendered 249.1 passing yards per game last year (21st), which already indicated that its secondary was already vulnerable before losing the third-year cornerback. That point was further proven when the Buccaneers gave up 391 passing yards to the Cowboys — the second-highest total of Week 1.

Now, the Buccaneers need to figure out how to move forward without Murphy-Bunting for the time being. While they still do have one of the better defenses on paper, they need to tighten up their secondary if they want to win back-to-back championships this season.

The Buccaneers currently have +550 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, ranks second behind the Kansas City Chiefs (+500).

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