With under three minutes to play in week one, Chris Godwin sustained a helmet to helmet hit against D.J. Swearinger. The hit didn’t look dirty after rewatching the play, but Godwin was immediately taken to the sideline afterwards.
Interestingly enough, there was no word on if Godwin was examined for a concussion, which is usually told to the media during or after the game.
That’s why on Wednesday, Buccaneers fans were surprised to see Godwin pop up on the injury report with a concussion. There is no timetable for his return, but being held out of practice Thursday is not a good sign.
Could Godwin be at risk to miss Sunday’s game versus the Carolina Panthers? Or even beyond?
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Godwin will need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can get back in the action.
— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) September 17, 2020
The NFL has taken a hard stance on concussions, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Godwin misses the home opener. The real test will be next week during practice, as his name continuing to appear on the injury report will be a sign for concern.
Look for Scotty Miller and O.J. Howard to have a much bigger role on Sunday with Godwin sidelined.