Bucs receive good news: Richard Sherman only expected to miss a couple of weeks

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - 十月 14: Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks off the field in the first half after being injured against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2021 在费城, Pennsyl宾夕法尼亚州o by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, 宾夕法尼亚州 – 十月 14: Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks off the field in the first half after being injured against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2021 在费城, 宾夕法尼亚州. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) ((Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images))

It’s perhaps one of the only times in NFL history that a player being announced as out is a good sign, as it is in Tampa Bay’s current situation. The defending Super Bowl defense is hobbled all over, especially its secondary. Cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting are on injured reserve, while safety Antoine Winfield has been in concussion protocol for the past two weeks. That forced general manager Jason Licht to bring in reinforcements, and Sherman and eight-year vet Pierre Desir joined mainstays Jamel Dean and Ross Cockrell to make up Tampa Bay’s cornerback group for Thursday night’s 28-22 win over the Eagles.

But then Sherman pulled up in the first quarter grabbing his hamstring, and things looked bleak. They looked even worse when Sherman walked gingerly to the locker room and was pronounced out right away. But he avoided major injury, which is the break the Buccaneers needed.

坦帕, FLORIDA - 十月 10: Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on October 10, 2021 在坦帕, 佛罗里达. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

坦帕, 佛罗里达 – 十月 10: Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on October 10, 2021 在坦帕, 佛罗里达. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) ((Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images))

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Head coach Bruce Arians said after the game that they will play with who they have and ruled out adding others to the secondary. The secondary has managed to hold up well with the injuries, faring well against both Jacoby Brissett of Miami and Jalen Hurts of Philadelphia in the last two games. Thursday’s game was also played without linebacker Lavonte David, who was placed on injured reserve with a low-ankle sprain.

坦帕, FLORIDA - 十月 10: Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after defeating the Miami Dolphins 45-17 at Raymond James Stadium on October 10, 2021 在坦帕, 佛罗里达. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

坦帕, 佛罗里达 – 十月 10: Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after defeating the Miami Dolphins 45-17 at Raymond James Stadium on October 10, 2021 在坦帕, 佛罗里达. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) ((Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images))

Sherman will be missed, but his absence comes during an easier stretch of schedule for the Buccaneers. Next up is the Bears (2-4), who have failed to move the ball through the air under rookie quarterback Justin Fields. Then it’s a Halloween showdown with New Orleans (3-2), who have been more conservative on offense than originally thought with Jameis Winston under center. The Saints’ unreliable receivers, including Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris, should help the Buccaneers’ makeshift secondary as well.

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