The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without several key players when they face the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a Week 7 matchup.
The Buccaneers' injury report on Friday revealed that Rob Gronkowski (ribs), Antonio Brown (ankle), Richard Sherman (hamstring) and Lavonte David (ankle) will not be playing against the Bears.
Tampa Bay is still the 12.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, the injuries are far from ideal for a team on a three-game winning streak.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Report
The most concerning of these injuries is surely Gronkowski. The five-time Pro-Bowler started the year strong with 16 receptions in three games for 184 yards and 4 touchdowns. Unfortunately, his rib injury has held him out since Week 4 and it doesn't look like he's closer to playing.
Brown had also been having a great campaign, putting up a 29-418-4 stat line after five games. However, it looks like he suffered his ankle injury against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday and he hasn't practiced at all since then.
Sherman exited the game against the Eagles with his hamstring injury and didn't return. He underwent an MRI for it earlier this week his absence is less than surprising.
David has been sidelined since Week 5 with a low-ankle sprain. Like Sherman, he hasn't practiced at all as of late, so his being out likely didn't catch Tampa off guard. Still, losing any key defender for any amount of time won't do the Buccaneers any favors on their road to winning another potential championship.
Tampa Bay's +550 odds to win Super 56 are the best in the NFL, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.