It was reported earlier Monday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin had suffered an MCL sprain and would miss the rest of the regular season, but a return to the playoffs wasn’t ruled out. The injury is actually much worse, though, with Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians revealing a torn ACL, per The Athletic’s Greg Auman.
Godwin suffered the injury in Tampa Bay’s ugly 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football. Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette both got hurt in the game as well, but their injuries aren’t nearly as serious. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Evans might even be able to return for Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
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The Godwin injury news is brutal not only for the Buccaneers this season but the wide receiver as he gets set to hit free agency. Godwin was playing this season on a franchise tag, and now he gets hit with this devastating injury at the tail end of the regular season. This will surely have an impact on his market as he faces a long road of recovery ahead.
Godwin’s season finishes with 98 catches for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns. The 25-year-old wideout has spent his entire five-year career with the Buccaneers after they picked him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. This was his second 1,000-yard season. His career high is 1,333 receiving yards in 2019.