Buccaneers Get Bad News With Chris Godwin Injury Update

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got bad news with Chris Godwin's injury update.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got bad news with Chris Godwin's injury update. / AP Photos/Brandon Wade

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans were glad to see wide receiver Chris Godwin back on the field in Week 1 after he suffered a torn ACL last season. That time on the field didn't last long, though. Godwin was forced to leave the game with a hamstring strain and is now expected miss a few weeks of action.

Chris Godwin Injury Update

Godwin could be seen limping to the sideline after hauling in a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the third quarter of a 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Insider Tom Pelissero explained there is optimism that it is not a major injury, though, as tests on the restructured knee all came back clean.

Nevertheless, this is still a brutal blow for a player that worked so hard in the offseason to be ready to go right away. Tampa Bay will likely take a cautious approach here because having Godwin healthy for the second half of the season is the most important thing. Those are the key games on the schedule.

The Buccaneers will turn to veterans Julio Jones and Russell Gage to pick up the slack behind Pro Bowler Mike Evans. Jones proved he can still beat corners deep by hauling in 3 of his five targets for 69 yards on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Gage posted 13 yards on two receptions in the slot position.

Tampa Bay now enters a three-game gauntlet against the Saints, Packers and Chiefs that will go a long way in determining playoff positioning. The Buccaneers enter Week 2 with the second-best odds to win Super Bowl 57 at +750, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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