From an injury perspective, Bucs still weighs the costs of a Colts’ triumphant return
The Bucs’ second-half victory over the Colts could prove to be as costly as it is convincing.
No less than five top players were beaten in Sunday’s 38-31 triumph, with left guard Aaron Stinnie (knee), inside linebacker Devin White (hip) and kicker Jaelon Darden (concussion) suffering from injuries. most important injuries.
On Monday, coach Bruce Arians said he doubted Stinnie – who was undergoing an MRI on Monday – would be available for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Darden, meanwhile, is in concussion protocol, and White – slowed down in practice last week by a quad issue before injuring himself again on Sunday – is a wait-and-see situation.
On Monday morning, White posted a cryptic tweet that read: “This circumstance will show me exactly what I’m made of …”
“We’re going to limit him on Wednesday and Thursday and see what he can do,” Arians said. “He finished the game (recording three tackles). It wasn’t Devin, but he finished the match and emptied it.
Additionally, the Arians said cornerback Jamel Dean, who left the first quarter on Sunday, was treating a bruised shoulder. Safety Mike Edwards injured his knee during his potentially life-saving tackle from former Blake High star Isaiah Rodgers, who returned the kick after the Bucs touchdown 72 yards to set up a final Hail Mary’s futile pass by Carson Wentz.
“It doesn’t look like there’s any structural damage (with Dean’s shoulder) so it’s just going to be a pain tolerance thing,” Arians said.
Counterbalancing the report on Dean was encouraging for fellow cornerback Carlton Davis III, in the injured reserve since suffering an ATV injury on Oct. 3 in New England. Davis’ 21-day training window began last week and Arians has indicated he could return for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.
“He had a really good week of training last week and we’ll see how it goes,” Arians said. “He trained well before the game so now I hope he’s ready to ride.”
The Arians also said if Darden couldn’t clear his protocols, half-back Giovani Bernard would likely return kicks against the Falcons, with wide receiver Scotty Miller likely returning punts.
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