Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Chris Godwin tore his ACL approximately nine months ago. Godwin’s loss coupled with several other injuries led to the Bucs falling short of their bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
So when Godwin returned to team activities avoiding the physically unable to perform (PUP) list people’s heads turned. Godwin has since been participating and impressing in team drills. This puts him well ahead of schedule in returning full-time.
“We’re getting him into team drills slowly,” stated head coach Todd Bowles. “He’s doing certain things, but he ran a lot…a bit of team [drills] today.”
Buccaneers’ tight end Cameron Brate weighed in on Godwin’s return.
“Chris has been looking good for a while now,” Brate stated. “I had an opportunity to throw with him a couple times when he was just beginning the running route process. You couldn’t possibly work harder than Chris did this offseason to kind of put himself in this spot where he has the chance to play at the beginning of the season. It’s inspiring for us to see Chris out there knowing all the work he has put in just to get out there.”
Godwin being this far ahead of recovering from his injury is as surprising as it is exciting. The team’s schedule to start the season is brutal, having Godwin back joining Mike Evans, Russell Gage and Julio Jones is news the Buccaneers’ needed.
Buccaneers’ linebacker Lavonte David chimed in on Godwin’s return to 11 on 11 drills.
“Even at that (Saints) game, he was trying to get back in the game,” David stated.
“He definitely is a warrior, and I expect nothing less, man. I’m happy for him, and I know he’s excited to get back out, but he’s not going to get out there until he’s 100 percent, so he’s going to take his time with that. But from seeing him, he looks really well.”
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