For the most part, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are relatively healthy heading into Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. However, the defending champions will be a tad shorthanded in the secondary.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians confirmed on Tuesday that safety Jordan Whitehead remains out of action because of a hamstring injury.
Whitehead, 24, started all 16 games for the Buccaneers in 2020. He had 74 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, four passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Arians told reporters that Whitehead was working hard to return from his injury, but clearly the former fourth-round pick isn’t ready to play just yet.
“He’s working hard,” Arians said of Whitehead. “He’s working hard but hasn’t practiced yet. Mike [Edwards] has been practicing. If he can’t go out, then Mike will play. Mike played a lot of snaps last year, but we’ll still see. We have a couple more days left.”
HC Bruce Arians says safety Jordan Whitehead remains the only Buc out. Everybody else is “ready to roll.”
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) September 7, 2021
Edwards isn’t nearly as explosive as Whitehead, but he’s familiar with Tampa Bay’s scheme and should be a serviceable replacement for the time being.
On the bright, Arians said that everybody else on the Buccaneers is “ready to roll” for their season opener.
Kickoff for the Buccaneers-Cowboys game is this Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.
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