Bucs place rookie wide receiver Rakim Jarrett on injured reserve

Inside linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White, and cornerback Jamel Dean also are dealing with injuries.
Bucs wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (18) avoids being tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Malik Harrison (40) during a preseason game in August at Raymond James Stadium.
Bucs wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (18) avoids being tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Malik Harrison (40) during a preseason game in August at Raymond James Stadium. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Nov. 22, 2023|Updated Nov. 22, 2023

TAMPA — The Bucs on Wednesday placed rookie wide receiver Rakim Jarrett on injured reserve. The team also is dealing with injuries to both of its starting inside linebackers.

Jarrett suffered a quad injury in last Sunday’s 27-14 loss to the 49ers in Santa Clara, California. He had a 41-yard reception early in the fourth quarter to set up a Tampa Bay touchdown.

Had the Bucs had a game on Wednesday, head coach Todd Bowles said, inside linebackers Lavonte David (groin) and Devin White (foot), and cornerback Jamel Dean (ankle) would not have been able to play.

Tampa Bay next plays Sunday at Indianapolis.

”We’ll see how the week goes with their injuries,” Bowles said.

Safety Ryan Neal, who missed the loss to the 49ers with a thumb injury; and tackle Tristan Wirfs, who suffered an ankle injury during the game; were full participants at Wednesday’s practice.

The Bucs officially announced several roster moves that would indicate they could be without David and more defensive players against the Colts.

They promoted linebacker J.J. Russell to the active roster and signed linebacker Vi Jones, cornerback Quandre Mosely and receiver Raleigh Webb to the practice squad. Tight end David Wells was released but could be re-signed to the practice squad.

If David is unable to go, the Bucs will use either rookie SirVocea Dennis or K.J. Britt in his place. Dennis saw his first NFL regular-season action last week, recording three tackles, including two solo stops.

Godwin nominated for sportsmanship award

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin is the Bucs’ nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

Created in 2014, the award honors Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr., the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community — former Bucs and Falcons running back Warrick Dunn; 2014 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award recipient Larry Fitzgerald; Hall of Famer Curtis Martin; and Leonard Wheeler — will select eight finalists (four in each conference) from the 32 nominees.

The finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the Sportsmanship Award category when players vote in December.

“For me, it’s an honor because of how I carry myself,” Godwin said. “I don’t necessarily think it’s a way I’m intentionally trying to be. It’s how I was raised and how I know how to go about my work. I try to be a good person and treat people with respect and stuff like that. That’s doesn’t change when I get on the field.”

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