Buccaneers Reveal Initial Timeline for Tristan Wirfs' Injury

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers revealed an initial timeline for Tristan Wirfs' injury.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers revealed an initial timeline for Tristan Wirfs' injury. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could not thwart a comeback from the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, resulting in a costly loss. Not only did Tampa Bay fall back below .500 (5-6), but the team lost starting right tackle Tristan Wirfs in the process.

Wirfs suffered an ankle injury during the overtime period of this Week 12 defeat. On Monday, NFL insider Ian Rapoport revealed the initial projected length of his absence.

Tristan Wirfs Injury Update

According to Rapoport, the Buccaneers expect Wirfs to miss 3-4 weeks with his high ankle sprain, which means he should be able to return before the end of the regular season. Considering Wirfs was carted off the field, he clearly avoided the worst-case scenario.

Head coach Todd Bowles already indicated Wirfs will likely miss Week 13's home game against the New Orleans Saints, where Tampa Bay is favored by 3.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

Wirfs has been one of the best offensive linemen in football since debuting 2020, winning a Super Bowl ring as a rookie and earning All-Pro honors as a sophomore. Accordingly, the Bucs need him to come back healthy if they're going to make another deep playoff run.

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