Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers escaped with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football despite being down a few players going into the game. Unfortunately, the Bucs didn’t leave unscathed either, as Richard Sherman left the game with a hamstring injury in the Eagles’ first possession.
The Bucs defense is banged up, and the loss of Sherman will be another one to overcome for the defending Super Bowl Champions. The veteran is likely out for a few weeks, and nobody is more upset than Sherman himself.
Richard Sherman’s response to untimely injury
After an offseason searching for a team to sign him, Sherman ended up with the Bucs and a perfect chance to add another Super Bowl ring to his resume. Unfortunately, he will miss a few weeks and took to Twitter to discuss his feelings after the injury.
Sherman made his Tampa Bay debut against the New England Patriots at the beginning of October. He will likely be out until November– although everybody is hoping it will be a sooner return.
The former Pro Bowl corner works as hard as anybody in the game and threw himself right into game action after many injuries hit the Tampa Bay secondary. Before joining the Bucs, Sherman was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020 but suited up for just five games as he dealt with several injuries.
Rest assured, Sherman will be back sooner rather than later.
The injuries keep on mounting for the Super Bowl favorites
The Bucs came into the season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and through six weeks, they have done nothing but keep the momentum going. The ageless wonder Tom Brady continues to do unreal things, and Leonard Fournette shocked the world with a two-touchdown performance against the Eagles.
On the other hand, the Bucs injuries are mounting quickly. Lavonte David, Rob Gronkowski, and Antoine Winfield Jr. were already absent from the game, and Jason Pierre-Paul is dealing with an injury of his own.
Nonetheless, head coach Bruce Arians isn’t focusing on that and kept insisting on the “next man up” approach (h/t Jenna Laine of ESPN).
“We’ll just keep playing with the guys we’ve got, and see what happens.See how long of an injury it is. And next man up.”Bruce Arians on Richard Sherman injury
Next man up indeed, and the good news is that the Bucs have over a week until their next game against the Chicago Bears.
The road ahead for Tampa Bay
Injuries happen to every team, even the Buccaneers, with Brady running the show. Furthermore, this group is 5-1 and have shown no signs of slowing down at all.
Brady and the offense are rolling, and having Fournette gain some momentum is exactly what this team needs. The defense has taken a giant step back after last season’s success, although a lot of that is due to injuries.
Gronkowski should be ready to roll by the time they face the Bears, and hopefully Winfield and David can return by that time to bolster the defense.
All eyes ahead for Tampa Bay, and while losing Sherman is a disappointment, they should be able to weather the storm just fine with a ton of weapons on the roster.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference