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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians reacts to Chris Godwin injury in subtle nod to Antonio Brown pick-up

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be down one of their top receivers in Week 9, after Chris Godwin suffered a fractured finger.

However, head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t seem too concerned about the loss, or at least as concerned as he might have been before this week.

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers officially announced the signing of veteran wideout Antonio Brown, who will be eligible to take the field after his eight-game suspension elapses prior to Week 9, when the team faces the New Orleans Saints in a key NFC South showdown. Brown is facing a litany of league investigations and criminal charges.

After Brown’s signing, Arians referred to the receiver’s presence as an “insurance policy” for quarterback Tom Brady and company.

Godwin underwent surgery on Tuesday the fractured thumb he suffered in the Buccaneers’ Week 7 over the Las Vegas Raiders. He was immediately ruled out for the team’s next game, on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants, but could return in time for the Week 9 game on Nov. 8.

On Wednesday, in the wake of Godwin’s prognosis, Arians called back to those remarks.

“I think it’s very optimistic that he’ll be back in a week, but it could be possible. We don’t know, really, how long. Again, that’s why we have the insurance policy,” Arians said, hinting at Brown’s debut.

Godwin had 88 receiving yards on nine receptions and a touchdown against Las Vegas. On the season, he has 25 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns in four games.

The Tampa offense has been rolling over the past few weeks, and the defense has been just as good. The 5-2 Buccaneers hold a massive lead in overall DVOA through seven weeks.