The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came out of yesterday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a few old and a few new injuries. Head coach Dirk Koetter elaborated on a few of those in his press talk today.
Most notably, backup tackle Gosder Cherilus has a groin strain which caused him to leave last night’s game right after blowing a whole bunch of blocks. Koetter blamed that on him trying to play through an injury, per Greg Auman. The Bucs turned to Leonard Wester to replace him for the final few drives.
Cherilus, of course, was replacing Demar Dotson who has missed the past two games with a concussion. He’s still in the concussion protocol and has yet to practice, so his participation against the New Orleans Saints has to be in doubt as well.
There’s also cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah, who folks might have forgotten about. He’s returning from a four-week suspension, but Koetter noted that he was still rehabbing an injury he sustained before that suspension, per Auman. That shouldn’t have a big impact on the team’s defense, with Javien Elliott and Alterraun Verner playing well in his stead in the slot.
Finally, William Gholston had to leave yesterday’s game late with a dislocated elbow. Koetter couldn’t tell Auman how serious that injury is, nor what Gholston’s odds are for playing this week, though that seems somewhat unlikely. It’s at least a good sign the Bucs aren’t ruling him out for the season.