Bucs WR Godwin misses practice one day after finger procedure
Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin sat out practice Wednesday, one day after undergoing a procedure to remove 10 pins from his left index finger.
The Buccaneers don’t expect Godwin to return to practice until Friday, two days before their crucial home game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Godwin fractured the 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.
He was fitted with a splint and has played the past four games. In fact, Godwin has 21 receptions over the past three contests.
“There’s no chart for the toughness of Chris Godwin,” Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians told reporters. “If it goes to 10, throw it away and start over again because the dude plays. He had a mitt on his hand to protect his finger and he’s catching balls in practice with that on. He’s amazing and he’s one of the toughest guys that I’ve coached.”
Godwin, who was a Pro Bowl selection last season, has 49 receptions for 562 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season. He missed time earlier in the season due to a hamstring injury and a concussion.
Also, second-year cornerback Jamel Dean has cleared the concussion protocol but is dealing with a groin injury, according to Arians.
“He cleared the protocol but he had a very, very sore groin so he did not practice today,” Arians said of Dean. “Hopefully we’ll get him healed up.”
Dean missed Tampa Bay’s last game, a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 29. The Buccaneers had a bye last weekend.
–Field Level Media