Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs put CB Richard Sherman (calf) on IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put cornerback Richard Sherman on injured reserve Wednesday with a Grade 2 calf strain.

He’ll have to miss at least three games.

The Bucs did not announce a corresponding move and currently have two opening on their 53-man roster. Cornerback Rashard Robinson went on IR last week and his spot remains unfilled. However, the Bucs have three players who have returned to practice while on IR who are closer to getting activated.

Sherman, 33, sustained the injury while warming up for last week’s game against the Washington Football Team. He was set to make his fourth start since joining the team in late September.

The 33-year-old Stanford product has appeared in 142 career games, starting 136, in 10-plus seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Buccaneers. He has 36 interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

Tampa Bay has been beset by injuries in its secondary this season. Sean Murphy-Bunting (elbow), Carlton Davis (quadriceps) and Dee Delaney (concussion) all have missed time in recent weeks. Murphy-Bunting, who dislocated his elbow in Week 1, returned to practice this week.

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Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

No timetable for WR Antonio Brown’s (ankle) return

Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown made an appearance at practice Wednesday on a crutch and coach Bruce Arians said there is no timetable for his return from an ankle sprain.

Arians said the sprain is near Brown’s heel. He was asked if Brown might be able to return after the team’s bye in Week 9.

“Could be after the bye (Nov. 14) or could be a long time,” Arians said. “It’s wait and see.”

However, tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field in pads amid reports he’ll be ready to play this Sunday. Gronkowski has missed the past four weeks with cracked ribs and a punctured lung. He has 16 catches for 184 yards and four TDs.

Brown missed last Sunday’s game against Chicago after sustaining the injury during the Buccaneers’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14.

Brown has 29 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns.

Also back at practice Wednesday were linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and Richard Sherman (hamstring). The pair also missed last week’s game.

The Bucs (6-1) play at New Orleans (4-2) on Sunday.

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Oct 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) celebrates as he catches the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Short-handed Bucs rule out four starters for Sunday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Antonio Brown, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Richard Sherman for Sunday’s game.

Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Friday that all four injured starters will be absent when the Bucs (5-1) host the Chicago Bears (3-3).

Brown (ankle), David (ankle) and Sherman (hamstring) were all injured in Tampa Bay’s 28-22 win in Philadelphia on Oct. 14. Gronkowski (ribs) has not played since Week 3.

Brown has 29 receptions for 418 yards and a team high-tying four touchdown catches in five games.

Gronkowski has 16 catches for 184 yards and four touchdowns in three games.

David has 34 tackles and one sack in five games.

Sherman made his Bucs debut against New England on Oct. 3. He has 11 tackles and one fumble recovery in three games.

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Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) looks on against the Washington Football Team during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Assist to Tom Brady, CB Richard Sherman signs with Buccaneers

Richard Sherman has signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are in dire need of reinforcements in the secondary.

Sherman worked out for the Bucs on Tuesday and met with general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians. Sherman acts as his own agent.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro had been in contact with Arians and quarterback Tom Brady earlier in the month, the coach said. Sherman confirmed those conversations on the “Richard Sherman Podcast” in announcing he was headed to Florida.

“I went with the best offer I had, the best opportunity to go out there and put some great tape on, to lead another group,” Sherman said. “I feel comfortable and confident in my abilities to go out there and execute and help that team win.”

Since entering the NFL out of Stanford as a fifth-round pick in 2011, Sherman leads the NFL with 36 interceptions. Three of those picks came in a single game against Brady.

He has played in 139 regular-season games with the Seahawks (2011-2017) and 49ers (2018-20). He has also played 15 playoff games.

“We’ve got to see,” Arians said of his prior conversations with Sherman. “Just a matter of I coach the ones we got and let (Licht) handle the rest of that. We’ll kick the tires on some other guys, too. … If it’s the right fit, we’ll move on it.”

Sherman’s former teams — the Seahawks and 49ers — also made contact with Sherman, he said, as did the Carolina Panthers.

The Brady call to Sherman helped seal the deal.

“He’s the all-time great quarterback reaching out, and anytime he makes that call, it’s a very difficult opportunity to pass up,” Sherman said.

Tampa Bay cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting suffered an injury in Week 1 and was placed on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow. His replacement, Jamel Dean, left last week’s loss to the Rams in the first quarter with a knee injury.

Sherman pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanor charges in mid-July following his arrest for allegedly attempting to break into his in-laws’ house. Sherman was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, endangering roadway workers and two domestic violence counts — second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree malicious mischief. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday in Washington.

Sherman, 33, has been in therapy since the incident, per NFL Network.

Sherman missed a career-high 11 games last season with the 49ers because of a calf injury. He recorded 18 tackles and one interception in five games before being released in February.

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Sep 2, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) stretches during training camp at Levi   s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

49ers ready to active CB Sherman, RB Mostert

The San Francisco 49ers will add cornerback Richard Sherman and running backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. to the active roster on Saturday, coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday.

All three players are currently on injured reserve. Sherman sustained a calf injury in Week 1 while Mostert and Wilson are both sidelined with ankle injuries.

“We’ll get them on the roster tomorrow,” Shanahan said of the trio amid the hope they can play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. “They got better each day, we’ll put them on the active roster and they’ll be questionable going into the game.”

Mostert, a postseason force as the 49ers reached the Super Bowl last season, leads the team with 303 rushing yards despite playing in just four games.

Another dose of good news is that receiver Deebo Samuel (hamstring) will be back on the field. He has missed the past three games but practiced in full on Friday.

San Francisco ruled out four players: running back Tevin Coleman (knee), guard Tom Compton (concussion), linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring) and cornerback K’Waun Williams (ankle).

Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and is listed as questionable. Linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair and tight end Jordan Reed are all listed as questionable due to illness.

Offensive tackle Trent Williams could be removed from the COVID-19 list prior to Sunday’s game. Shanahan termed it as an “outside chance.”

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