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Buccaneers Wide Receiver Depth Takes Another Hit With Latest Injury

Devon Platana
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver depth has taken another hit with the latest injury update.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver depth has taken another hit with the latest injury update. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' wide receiver room cannot catch a break this season. The team's wideout depth has once again taken another hit with the latest injury, which could see Russell Gage miss out on a chance to face his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, this weekend.

The Athletic's Greg Auman reports that Gage has been added to the Buccaneers' Week 5 injury report with a back issue. As of Saturday morning, the veteran wideout is questionable to face the Falcons.

Russell Gage Injury Update

Gage was hampered by a hamstring injury over the last few weeks but had any injury designation removed on Friday. That means that the back injury emerged sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, not exactly boding well for his chances to play on Sunday.

The 26-year-old — who signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Bucs this offseason — hasn't lived up to expectations this season. While Gage has appeared in all four games so far, he's caught 21 balls for just 152 receiving yards and a touchdown.

At that rate, he's currently on pace for 646 receiving yards over a 17-game slate. For comparison, he recorded a career-high 770 yards last season while playing only 14 games.

If Gage is to miss Sunday's contest, Tampa Bay's WR room would be even more shorthanded than it already is. Although Chris Godwin has been deemed healthy, both Julio Jones and Breshad Perriman are questionable, while Cole Beasley just retired earlier this week.

Tight end Cameron Brate has already been ruled out as well, while quarterback Tom Brady is dealing with a shoulder injury. Needless to say, the Buccaneers will likely heavily rely on the likes of Godwin, Mike Evans and Leonard Fourtnette to get the job done.

Falcons vs Buccaneers Odds

Despite any WR injury woes, Tampa Bay is still projected to be victorious this weekend. FanDuel Sportsbook's latest odds still list the Buccaneers as the massive 10-point home favorites over the Falcons.

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