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Buccaneers at Patriots: Initial injury report

Plenty of Buccaneers weren’t available at practice on Wednesday, though most seem to be precautionary

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With the Buccaneers preparing to head to Foxboro in what may be one of the most hyped regular season games in recent history, the injury report shows that the Bucs are a little more than banged up at the moment.

Though, they addressed some of their concerns with the signing of Richard Sherman Wednesday morning, he isn’t going to magically heal any of the injured players. The biggest name to be held out of practice was former Patriot Rob Gronkowski who was injured last week against the Rams.

Gronk was able to come back into the game later on but was certainly not 100% after heading to the locker room in the first half. Running back Gio Bernard did not participate after suffering an knee injury late in the week three game and his status is uncertain for this week’s matchup.

Cornerbacks Jamel Dean (knee) and Carlton Davis (abdomen) were listed as limited and full participants respectively while Chris Godwin was a full participant with a thumb injury.

One other thing of note was Jason Pierre-Paul’s absence from practice with that shoulder injury. Head coach Bruce Arians said he doesn’t expect JPP to suit up against New England.

As far as the Patriots are concerned, James White suffered a season ending hip injury and will be placed on injured reserve. The Patriots also listed defensive end Henry Anderson (ankle), linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (shoulder), tackle Trenton Brown (calf), kicker Nick Folk (knee), linebacker Josh Uche (back), linebacker Kyle Van Noy (groin), and tackle Isaiah Wynn (knee) all as limited participants.

The biggest names to keep an eye on are certainly Wynn, Van Noy, and Folk with White already being ruled out. Things appear now as though those players will be available Sunday but that can certainly change as we get later into the week.

One more important thing of note is that Bucs receiver Antonio Brown will come off the Reserve/COVID list on Thursday and will return to practice. Brown is expected to play on Sunday.

You can view the full injury report below;