As the Buccaneers get ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, they are doing it so far with safety Jordan Whitehead still on the sideline.
Whitehead began practicing on July 31, 2021, following his recovery from shoulder surgery for an injury sustained in last season’s NFC Championship game. He ultimately missed out on preseason activities and later found himself on the Covid Reserve List. His injury was suspected to be a complication of his shoulder surgery as it had not been disclosed for some time; however, it turns out he is suffering from a hamstring issue.
It has not been determined yet if Whitehead will play on Thursday, but Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles says they have a backup plan. Bowles also mentioned that the 4th year safety has been working hard, so there is a possibility he may practice on Tuesday.
“He’s working hard. 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.”