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Add receiver Chris Godwin to list of injured Bucs starters on offense

Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown worked out in sweats Wednesday as Tom Brady’s targets continue to shrink.
Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin, pictured pushing past Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (22) during a game Oct. 31 in New Orleans, did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury.
Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin, pictured pushing past Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (22) during a game Oct. 31 in New Orleans, did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury. [ BUTCH DILL | AP ]
Published Nov. 10, 2021|Updated Nov. 10, 2021

TAMPA ― Tom Brady’s targets continue to disappear as receiver Chris Godwin became the latest receiver not to practice due to a foot injury.

The Bucs are already expected to be without receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Rob Gronkowski for Sunday’s game at Washington.

Receiver Scotty Miller, who suffered ligament damage in his foot in Week 3 at Los Angeles, resumed practice this week. But coach Bruce Arians said there is no urgency to play him or cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting.

“Running around is fine,” Arians said. “Playing football is a different thing. I’ve got to go watch the tape on Sean. He wasn’t using his arm Monday. We’ll see how he did (Wednesday). There really is no rush to get them back on the field. Just to make sure they’re practicing and ready to go when we put them out there. Scotty ran around good, so that’s good for him, too.”

Arians was asked if Godwin’s injury was something he was worried might keep him out of Sunday’s game. “We have to wait and see,” he said.

Miller said he’s working to prove to coaches and trainers he is able to play as early as Sunday.

The Bucs took preparations to replace Brown and Gronkowski should they not be able to play, signing tight end Darren Fells and receiver Breshad Perriman to the practice squad.

“He brings a lot,” Arians said of Perriman. “He’s a big guy who can run and take the top off just like he did when he was here a couple years ago,” Arians said. “He’s someone we’re very familiar with. He’s familiar with us. He’s great insurance, and if we need him he can actually play this week.

“I like where we’re at with Darren (Fells) and B.P. (Perriman), guys like that coming in giving us good insurance.”

Gronkowski and Brown aren’t ready to practice but worked out in gray sweats on an adjacent practice field Wednesday.

Gronkowski, who played six snaps before suffering back spasms during an Oct. 31 game at New Orleans, did some light jogging under the direction of trainer Bobby Slater.

Brown did even less. He played catch with Alex Guerrero and walked gingerly with a football tucked in his elbow.

The good news is that Murphy-Bunting and Miller did practice Wednesday and appear closer to officially being activated from injured reserve.

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Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, who is battling a torn rotator cuff, was not at practice during the portion open to the media.

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