NFL Injury Analysis: The Bucs Suffer Injuries to Multiple Key Players

NFL Injury Analysis: The Bucs Suffer Injuries to Multiple Key Players

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on professional sports, resulting in many games lost, schedule alterations and game postponements. In response, the NFL and NFLPA altered their COVID-19 protocols. Vaccinated players will no longer be tested weekly but instead subject to "target testing." Screening protocols will also tighten. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be tested daily. The revised protocols will also allow for a quicker return. Notable players to miss Week 15 included Baker Mayfield, Tyler Lockett, Alex Collins and Allen Robinson. Keep an eye on how each of these individuals progresses in the week ahead to help determine their availability for Week 16. Chargers running back Austin Ekeler and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will be the first noteworthy player to test out the new procedures after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense

If getting shut out against the Saints wasn't bad enough, the Tampa offense limped away from the game with injuries to multiple key players. The biggest injury was to Chris Godwin. The receiver suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee, ending his season. Given the timing of the injury, the accompanying recovery will likely spill over into the 2022 season. Godwin's absence looms especially large, as Mike Evans also left Sunday's contest with an injury. Evans suffered a hamstring injury that prematurely end his day. Testing performed following the contest revealed the injury was not severe, and Evans could have a

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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