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Buccaneers Get Troubling Jordan Whitehead Injury Update

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Jordan Whitehead's injury could prove costly for Tampa Bay.
Jordan Whitehead's injury could prove costly for Tampa Bay. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' safety Jordan Whitehead made the biggest play of his life on Sunday, forcing a fumble while delivering a crushing blow to Aaron Jones. The Bucs' touchdown on the ensuing drive was their lone score of the second half, helping the team secure a one-score victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Unfortunately, that blow knocked Whitehead (and Jones) out of the game, and he was never able to return. While Tampa Bay is likely getting studs like Antonio Brown and fellow safety Antoine Winfield Jr. healthy for the Super Bowl, Whitehead's latest injury update is less encouraging.

Jordan Whitehead Injury Update

According to ESPN's Dianna Russini, Whitehead had an MRI on his injured shoulder on Monday, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to suit up on Feb. 7. That was a far-less definitive update than Tampa Bay got on AB and Winfield, who both look on track to play.

Losing the hard-hitting Whitehead would quietly be a huge blow to the Bucs' secondary. The third-year safety had the best year of his career in 2020, tallying 74 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 QB hits, 2 sacks and 2 INTs this season. He also forced 2 fumbles last week and received a solid 66.3 overall grade from ProFootballFocus in 2020.

If Whitehead can't go, Mike Edwards will likely start alongside Winfield at safety. Edwards isn't the enforcer in the running game that Whitehead is, but he made up for it with a stellar 78.2 grade in coverage from PFF this season. Still, as good as Edwards has been, Tampa Bay would surely prefer its secondary to be at full strength for the Super Bowl.

The Buccaneers are 3-point underdogs against the Chiefs, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

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