The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are relatively healthy, but they came out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with two injuries to starters. Center Evan Smith suffered an ankle injury and missed half the game, while Lovie Smith said today that Austin Seferian-Jenkins suffered a shoulder injury during the game.
That injury mostly went unnoticed in the heat of the game, but it seemed he suffered it late in the third quarter on a goal-line play where Jameis Winston overthrew him, and he got hit hard landing awkwardly on his shoulder. Quickly scanning through the rest of the game, I didn't see him get back on the field. He was listed as questionable to return at the time.
If Seferian-Jenkins can't go, that'll be a pretty big blow to the Bucs' passing game. While his performance as a run-blocker has been up-and-down at best, he's been Jameis Winston's primary receiving target this season, catching seven of ten targets for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Though he had a high-profile miscue yesterday when he failed to secure a deep ball while being tackled, he's been a constant threat as a receiver over the middle of the field. The Bucs have no one on the roster who could approximate his impact on the passing game -- not after they traded Tim Wright to the Detroit Lions.
The Bucs had a few other players leave the game with injuries, including D.J. Swearinger and Gerald McCoy, but they're fine and should be good to go for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.
We should hear more about the severity of both Smith and Seferian-Jenkins' injuries on Wednesday, when the Bucs practice and will have to turn in an official injury report.