It's only Week 2, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' receiving corps already has a full season's worth of bumps and bruises.
Seemingly every wideout on the roster is dealing with some sort of injury ahead of the team's Week 2 matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
While Mike Evans (calf) and Russell Gage (hamstring) are expected to play, Chris Godwin (hamstring) has already been ruled out. On Sunday it was revealed that Julio Jones will also miss the game with a knee injury.
Julio Jones Injury Update
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Jones is unable to suit up after landing awkwardly on his knee during Tampa Bay's Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Given Jones' age (33) and recent injury history, he's had trouble staying on the field lately and has missed 15 games since the beginning of 2020.
With Jones and Godwin sidelined, Tom Brady and the Bucs will have to lean even more heavily on Evans and Gage, even though both are already banged up themselves. Leonard Fournette should be busy again as well after running the ball 21 times for 127 yards in Week 1.
Considering that it's only Week 2, Tampa Bay is playing it safe by resting Jones here rather than pushing him. With so many other nagging injuries to their pass-catchers, keeping Jones healthy should be an important (if ambitious) season-long goal.
For now, the Buccaneers will try to defeat the Saints in the regular season for the first time since Brady arrived in 2020. Tampa Bay is currently favored by 2.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.