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Jordan Whitehead Playing Through Major Injury in Super Bowl

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jordan Whitehead is playing through a major injury in Super Bowl 55.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jordan Whitehead is playing through a major injury in Super Bowl 55. / Rob Carr/Getty Images
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have just two players on the teams final injury report as the Buccaneers get set to battle the favored Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and TE Cameron Brate (back) are both expected to play although Brate's condition is of more concern.

Good news for the Bucs defense is that starting safeties Jordan Whitehead and rookie Antoine Winfield (ankle) will play. Whitehead will play through pain and multiple injuries, including a torn labrum.

The Buccaneers will need all hands on deck to handle the Chiefs explosive offense, motion reads and four receiver sets. Tampa Bay will use both man-to-man defense and mix in more 2-man coverage - two deep safeties with man coverage underneath. Whitehead and Winfield are young, talented and athletic playmakers who were the Bucs top two tacklers in the secondary this season.

Winfield missed the NFC Championship game and Whitehead was knocked out of the game in the third quarter. Have Whitehead back allows defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to be aggressive in his play calls and defensive schemes. But watch Whitehead's progress during the Super Bowl as he's clearly not playing anywhere near full strength.


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