The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have to deal with a significant injury: cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah was absent from practice with a knee injury today and will need to get an MRI, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.
Usually, MRIs mean bad things, though we can always hope. ‘Bad things’ may also be ‘out for a month’ or less, so we’ll see. Adjei-Barimah wasn’t scheduled to start, at least, but did look to be the first cornerback off the bench on the outside, behind starters Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves. And deservedly so, after the growth he’s shown since entering the league as an undrafted free agent.
Fortunately for the Bucs (and unfortunately for Adjei-Barimah) the team has significant depth at cornerback. Veteran Josh Robinson is hanging around, the team added veteran Robert McClain to the group as well, they moved last year’s fourth-round pick Ryan Smith to cornerback full-time and expect at least some contribution from him, and last year’s undrafted rookie Javien Elliott impressed in limited time last year and has had a good training camp.
One caveat: with the exception of Smith, all of these players are better in the slot than on the outside. And Smith hasn’t exactly dominated in training camp—which would leave the Bucs in some trouble if Adjei-Barimah’s injury turns out to be serious, and either Brent Grimes or Vernon Hargreaves would have to miss a game, or more.