Tom Brady will be without one of his star receivers this Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin underwent an MRI Tuesday that confirmed a mild hamstring pull, per a source informed of the situation.
Godwin is expected to miss this week’s game against L.A. and could also sit next Thursday night against Chicago, given the short week.
Rapoport notes Godwin’s absence shouldn’t be much more than the two games.
The star wideout, who missed Week 2 due to a concussion, played 53 snaps in Sunday’s win over Denver before leaving with the hamstring injury. Still working on his chemistry with Brady, Godwin put up 11 receptions for 143 receiving yards and one TD this season in less than two full games played.
Sans Godwin, expect Brady to continue to seek out Scotty Miller even more than he has through three weeks. Miller seems to be Brady’s new favorite slot target, ranking second on the Bucs in targets with 14, behind only Mike Evans’ 18 through three games.
In addition to Godwin, Miller and running back Leonard Fournette didn’t practice today. The Buccaneers announced they have added wide receiver Isaac Whitney to their practice squad.
Here’s other news, injuries and transactions we’re tracking on Wednesday:
- Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Safeties Budda Baker (thumb) and Chris Banjo (hamstring) also did not practice and receiver Christian Kirk (groin) was limited.
- The Tennessee Titans added linebacker Kamalei Correa to their COVID-19 reserve list.
- San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will not practice today and he expects Dee Ford (back) to go on injured reserve later this week. Tight end George Kittle (ankle) returned to practice. The Niners opened the practice window for wide receiver Deebo Samuel (foot), who now has three weeks to be removed from injured reserve. The Niners signed tight end Daniel Helm from the Buccaneers practice squad and long snapper Taybor Pepper to one-year deals, and they placed linebacker Mark Nzeocha on IR and waived long snapper Kyle Nelson. The team also signed offensive lineman Cody Conway and tight end Charlie Taumoepeau to their practice squad and released offensive lineman William Sweet from it.
- Las Vegas Raiders rookie receiver Bryan Edwards is out this week versus the Bills as he battles an ankle sprain, Rapoport reported. Edwards is week-to-week and could miss additional games if the ankle issue lingers. Fellow first-year wideout Henry Ruggs III is considered a long-shot to play Sunday against the Bills while still dealing with a hamstring injury, per Rapoport. The first-round pick is expected to have an extended absence.
- Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss practice today with an illness that is not COVID-related. Cornerback Byron Jones (Achilles/groin) also missed practice and cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) was limited.
- Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he expects wideout D.J. Chark back on the practice field today but limited. Chark passed all his tests from a chest injury that kept him sidelined last week. Linebacker Quincy Williams, who’s been sidelined with a core muscle injury, has been designated for return from injured reserve. The team has 21 days to activate him to its 53-man roster. While Chark was limited, recently signed kicker Stephen Hauschka did not practice due to a right knee injury.
- The Cleveland Browns have signed running back Dontrell Hilliard to the active roster from the practice squad.
- The Philadelphia Eagles placed rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor (thumb) on injured reserve. He’ll be out more than three weeks, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. Offensive tackle Jason Peters (illness) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday, while running back Miles Sanders (glute) and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (foot) were limited.
- Washington rookie pass rusher Chase Young is expected to be out Sunday versus the Ravens after suffering a moderate groin strain in Week 3, Rapoport reported. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft is considered week-to-week.
- The Denver Broncos ruled out quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) and linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu for Thursday’s game against the Jets. Running back Phillip Lindsay (foot) and cornerback Davontae Harris (hamstring) are questionable. The Broncos signed veteran defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who was released by the Jaguars on Monday, and promoted linebacker Derrek Tuszka and running back Levante Bellamy to their active roster.
- New York Jets receiver Breshad Perriman (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Broncos. Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (shoulder) and receivers Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (ribs/knee) are questionable.
- The Indianapolis Colts released quarterback Chad Kelly from the practice squad. Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin and running back Nyheim Hines were limited at practice today.
- New York Giants defensive back Jabrill Peppers (ankle) did not participate at practice.
- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (knee) and offensive tackle Tyron Smith (neck) did not practice on Wednesday.
- Detroit Lions tight end Hunter Bryant (hamstring) and cornerback Desmond Trufant were limited in Wednesday’s practice.
- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday. Thomas, last year’s receiving champion and AP Offensive Player of the Year, has missed the last two games. Thomas was limited, as were defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring). Guard Andrus Peat (ankle), tight end Jared Cook (groin) and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (illness) did not practice.
- Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin), guard Joel Bitonio (back), cornerback Denzel Ward (groin) and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (hip) did not practice. Cornerback Greedy Williams (shoulder), defensive end Olivier Vernon (abdomen), center JC Tretter (knee) and offensive tackle Jack Conklin (elbow) were limited.
- The Cincinnati Bengals announced the signing of linebacker Kendall Donnerson to the practice squad and released offensive tackle Josh Knipfel from the practice squad. At practice, Mackensie Alexander (ribs/hamstring) did not practice, while Geno Atkins (shoulder) was limited.
- Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson (ankle) was limited.
- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (neck) did not practice, while cornerback Cameron Dantzler (rib) was limited.
- Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters that running back Cam Akers (ribs) would not practice Wednesday, but is considered day to day. Rookie linebacker Terrell Lewis, who underwent a procedure on his knee before the season, has been designated for return from the non-football injury list.
- The Atlanta Falcons signed safety T.J. Green to their practice squad.
- Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) and defensive end Alex Okafor (hamstring) were limited in practice.
- New England Patriots running back Sony Michel was limited in practice with a quad injury. Wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee) was also limited and defensive back Cody Davis (rib) was out. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who’s been battling an ankle injury, was removed from the injury report.
- Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (triceps/ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, nor did offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (back), guard Trai Turner (groin) or quarterback Tyrod Taylor (ribs/chest).
- Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (knee) were limited in practice on Wednesday.
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