Richard Sherman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles due to a strained hamstring.
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ secondary was handed another blow Thursday night, with cornerback Richard Sherman suffering a hamstring injury early in the first quarter of the team’s 28-22 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles and being declared out for the rest of the game.
After the game, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians stated, “He pulled a hamstring.” He said that he wasn’t sure how serious the strain was.
The injury occurred on the Eagles’ opening drive, on the seventh play when Jalen Hurts connected with Quez Watkins for a 23-yard catch. Sherman attempted to sprint across to Watkins but was forced to stop.
Bucs defensive backs have missed a total of 11 games this season, including Thursday night. They were meant to be relieved by Sherman’s signing. To make things worse, the Bucs were missing inside linebacker Lavonte David, their best coverage linebacker, for the game against the Eagles.
Sean Murphy-Bunting, the Bucs’ primary cornerback who also serves as their Nickelback, suffered an elbow dislocation in Week 1. Then, in Week 3, they lost No. 3 cornerback Jamel Dean to a knee injury (he has since recovered). They lost top cornerback Carlton Davis to a quad injury in Week 4. In Week 4, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. suffered a concussion with two drives remaining against the New England Patriots. Murphy-Bunting and Davis are both on injured reserve with no expected return date.
Sherman’s injury was “most certainly a big blow for us,” outside linebacker Shaq Barrett said. “It placed us in a more difficult position, but we have a lot of people who are willing to help. They came in and did their job and held it down, but we really missed the presence of every player who is suffering, injured, or unable to play. Those gentlemen will undoubtedly be missed.”
Arians said that he does not think the Buccaneers will need to add to their secondary.
“We’re simply going to keep playing with the players we have,” Arians said. “Check to see how long the injury has lasted. Then it’s on to the next guy.”
Sherman had not played or practised in 288 days when he signed with the Buccaneers on Sept. 29. It was his third game in 12 days. In his debut game with the Patriots, he played all but one snap, admitting that he wasn’t in full football condition.
“We really need this rest,” Arians said. “Hopefully, we’ll see who we can get back if anybody.” “However, the ones who have been playing need to take a break.”