Buccaneers WR Godwin expected to return vs. Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin is expected to return from a finger injury and play in Sunday night’s NFC South showdown against the New Orleans Saints.
Godwin fractured his left index finger while catching a touchdown pass against the Las Vegas Raiders on Oct. 25. He underwent surgery two days later and missed an ensuing game against the New York Giants.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Friday that he was encouraged by what he saw from Godwin in practice.
“We’ll see how sore it is tomorrow. He caught the ball fine, but we’ll see how sore it is,” Arians told reporters. “But I would anticipate him probably playing, just knowing how tough he is and knowing what it all means to him.”
Godwin was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he established career highs of 86 receptions, 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.
The 24-year-old has been limited to four games this season due to injuries and has 25 catches for 279 yards and two scores. He also missed time due to a concussion and a hamstring injury.
Arians said Godwin will be wearing a brace to make sure there isn’t a setback with the finger injury.
“They’ve got a very nice splint/brace thing worked out that he wore today. But Chris is tough. He’ll be out there,” Arians said. “If there was any jeopardy at all, we would not let him play. He’s been cleared, so we’ll just see how the pain tolerance goes and see how sore he is tomorrow.”
Sunday’s game also marks the first in which seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown is available to play for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay also features three-time Pro Bowl selection Mike Evans at receiver.
–Field Level Media