Buccaneers’ Chris Godwin’s status (concussion) revealed vs. Panthers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin has been on concussion protocol leading up to the Week 2 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. While fans and fantasy owners alike dole their breath for his status to be determined, it seems nothing is set in stone at this point.
According to NFL Network’s James Palmer, head coach Bruce Arians says Godwin is doubtful against Carolina:
Chris Godwin is still going through the concussion protocol. More will be done tomorrow, but Arians says he’s still doubtful for Sunday.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 18, 2020
Although Godwin has not been able to fully practice with the Buccaneers, reports indicate that he is still dressing out and taking part in the non-contact portions. His activity over the coming days should provide some more clarity on his health.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Mike Evans was already dealing with a hamstring issue coming into the 2020 NFL season. He managed to play through it in Week 1 and his since followed up with some limited activity in practice. This is a positive sign that he has not endured any setbacks regarding his ability to play.
Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich acknowledged the impact Godwin’s potential absence could have on the offensive game plan versus the Panthers. The fact that both of quarterback Tom Brady’s top weapons are dealing with injuries indicates that Leftwich may need to give others an opportunity to step up and make plays while they get back to full health.
Fortunately, the Buccaneers made efforts to ensure that there would no shortage of firepower for Brady to work with. Wide receiver Scotty Miller managed to haul in five receptions for 73 yards in the season opener. Tight ends Ron Gronkowski and O.J. Howard could also take on an increased role in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see Bruce Arians also relies on the run game led by Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones a bit more as well.