A day after getting shut out in their second-worst offensive showing of the season, Tampa Bay got dealt a major offensive blow.
NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport announced that the team’s leading receiver — Chris Godwin — will miss at least the next three weeks but should be back in time for the postseason.
#Bucs WR Chris Godwin, who suffered an MCL sprain, is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, source said. With three games left, Injured Reserve makes sense. Godwin should be able to return for the playoffs, which obviously is most important.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 20, 2021
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Godwin exited Tampa Bay’s last game in the second quarter after playing just 16 snaps. After initially being deemed questionable, Godwin was eventually ruled out of the remainder of the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss.
He left the game after being tackled low, which angered color commentator Cris Collinsworth.
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Before leaving the game, Godwin had six catches for 49 yards. He has 1,103 yards and five touchdowns for the Buccaneers, making him the team’s leading receiver. The Penn State product now has two 1,000-plus yard seasons in his career.
Tampa Bay’s next three games are against Carolina twice and the Jets, which should help them cruise to a playoff spot and potentially even get a first-round by, which would give Godwin more time to recover.