TAMPA — Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin will miss Saturday’s home game against the Houston Texans, but coach Bruce Arians isn’t ruling out the team’s leading receiver returning for the season finale.
Arians said Godwin’s recovery from a pulled hamstring is progressing “slowly,” but when asked whether he might be able to play in the Week 17 game against Atlanta, Arians said, “I would hope so.”
Godwin left Sunday’s road win over the Lions after five catches for 121 yards. He ranks second in the league with 1,333 receiving yards and is tied for second with nine touchdowns. The third-year receiver was named to his first Pro Bowl earlier this week.
Tight end Tanner Hudson will also miss Saturday’s game while in concussion protocol, and defensive lineman Beau Allen (ankle) is out for the second straight game. Receivers Mike Evans and Scotty Miiler, as well as safety Jordan Whitehead, were placed on injury reserve earlier this week, ending their seasons.
Down three receivers, the Bucs signed Spencer Schnell and Cyril Grayson Jr. Both likely will be active on Saturday. The Bucs ended last week’s win in Detroit with just three healthy wideouts: Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Ishmael Hyman.
“It’s just next man up,” Arians said. “It’s what you always do. One man’s injury is another man’s opportunity and somebody will shine.”
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