Tom Brady’s Buccaneers offense receives huge blow with Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette sidelined
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers generated plenty of hype coming into the 2020 NFL season with their firepower on offense. Unfortunately, it seems quarterback Tom Brady will be rather shorthanded when the Bucs host the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4.
Tampa Bay has officially ruled out running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Chris Godwin for Sunday’s game, per ESPN ‘s Jenna Laine:
Both Leonard Fournette and Chris Godwin are officially out for Sunday against the Chargers. They’re waiting to see on Scotty Miller.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) October 2, 2020
It is safe to say that the update deals a crushing blow to Brady’s offense. Although the Buccaneers are still holding out hope for wide receiver Scotty Miller, this group will need to prepare to make do with the weapons still available.
Godwin has struggled to stay healthy to start the 2020 campaign after he was sidelined in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers due to a concussion. He then suffered a hamstring injury during the third quarter of their win versus the Denver Broncos in Week 3.
The timing is hardly ideal with Tampa Bay set to bounce back on a short week against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. The lack of recovery time indicates that Godwin may not be available until Week 6 versus the Green Bay Packers.
Meanwhile, Fournette was unable to get any practice time in due to an undisclosed injury. Despite his late arrival, the former Jacksonville Jaguars rusher managed to etch out a timeshare with Ronald Jones in the backfield to begin the season. However, it appears Jones could be slated for workhorse duties now that his fellow backfield mate will be sidelined against the Chargers.