Yet Another Buccaneers Wide Receiver Leaves Practice With Injury
By Larry Rupp
Quarterback Tom Brady will be aiming to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a third straight playoff appearance in 2022. He will need reliable offensive weapons to target, though. Russell Gage is the latest wide receiver to suffer an injury after he left Wednesday's practice grabbing his left leg.
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Gage pulled up after a route during one-on-one drills and walked to the sidelines alongside the training staff with a clear limp. No further updates have been released by the Buccaneers, so Gage's status remains up in the air for now. A full diagnosis on his injury should be provided in a day or two.
Keep in mind Mike Evans is currently day-to-day with a hamstring injury and Chris Godwin is still working his way back from a torn ACL. Breshad Perriman has yet to return to practice since suffering a leg injury over a week ago, too. Health at WR has suddenly become a top priority for Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers signed Gage to a three-year deal this offseason with hopes that he can stand out as a slot receiver. The 26-year-old has logged 1,556 yards and 8 touchdowns on 138 receptions over the last two seasons (30 games). Gage also set a career-high mark in yards per catch (11.7) in 2021.
The good news is that this is the exact type of situation the Buccaneers have prepared for. Veterans Julio Jones and Tyler Johnson are waiting in the wings and ready to be called upon for a bigger role. Whether or not that is necessary will come down to whether Gage's injury is minor or significant.
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