The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to play their first preseason game without Brent Grimes. The starting cornerback cut up his shin in practice and had to get stitches to repair them—nothing serious but enough to keep him out for the first game of the preseason. That’s what head coach Dirk Koetter said on Sirius XM NFL, per JoeBucsFan.
According to the Tampa Bay Times it may even be worse, as they say Grimes is “expected” to miss all four preseason games. That’d give him a month to recover for the first regular season game. That’s a long time to recover from a shin gash, though.
Grimes missing preseason games is not a big problem, though—Grimes has been through the ringer and probably doesn’t need preseason games to get up to speed, while the first preseason game in particular is traditionally very light on workloads for starters anyway.
It’ll be interesting to see how they cope with Grimes’ absence, though, given that backup Jude Adjei-Barimah appears to be out with a knee injury, too. Will they give Javien Elliott some playing time outside, or maybe a veteran like Josh Robinson or Robert McClain?