Tampa Bay WR Chris Godwin, RB Leonard Fournette ruled out Sunday
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin and running back Leonard Fournette for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, coach Bruce Arians announced Friday.
Their speedy wideout Scotty Miller’s status is also in jeopardy due to a hip/groin injury.
“Leonard and Chris will both be out for this ballgame,” Arians said. “We’ll see how Scotty feels tomorrow.”
Godwin suffered the injury on an out route in the third quarter of the Bucs’ 31-17 win over the Denver Broncos last week. He underwent an MRI Monday, revealing a mild hamstring pull. A hamstring injury also forced Godwin to miss the final two games of the season last year, yet he still finished with 1,333 receiving yards — third most in the NFL.
Godwin also missed Week 2 this season with a concussion.
Fournette suffered an ankle injury on a run play while being tackled early in the fourth quarter Sunday. Despite not having a starting role since joining the Bucs just prior to Week 1, Fournette has averaged 5.13 yards per carry, with two rushing touchdowns already this season.
Miller missed two days of practice this week but was able to practice Friday.
Arians expects rookies Tyler Johnson and Ke’Shawn Vaughn to step into bigger roles Sunday.
Starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who left the Bucs-Broncos game with a hamstring/groin injury and did not return, will be active, Arians said.
“Sean practiced some yesterday. He practiced in full today. He’s ready to go,” Arians said.
When asked if he would have any limitations, Arians said, “None whatsoever.”