The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been hit hard by the injury bug this preseason, and it seems like the hits just keep coming.
According to Rick Stroud of the Times, Tristan Wirfs was seen leaving the field with Bucs trainer Bobby Slater and was believed to have sustained some type of core injury. Greg Auman of the Athletic later reported that the injury Wirfs had sustained was a strain to his Oblique. Per Web MD, the Obliques are the muscles that are located near the abdomen and support internal organs and muscles around the spine. They help protect the body’s organs from injury and help to keep a person standing upright.
There is yet to be a timetable for Wirfs to return; however, this type of injury can take between 3 to 6 weeks to recover, which could possibly place his return time around Week One.
The Buccaneers have suffered blow after blow to the offensive line, losing Alex Cappa to the Bengals, Ali Marpet’s retirement, and the recent injury of Ryan Jensen, who is likely to miss 90% or more of this season. The Buccaneers have added players to the line this year by drafting G Luke Goedeke, who is doing well in practice, veteran G Shaq Mason, UDFA T Dylan Cook, 4th-year veteran T Fred Johnson, re-signed T Brandon Walton. Fred Johnson and Dylan Cook will fill in for Wirfs while he is sidelined and recovering, and as inexperienced as some of our young guys are, the Bucs seem confident in moving forward with their offensive line unit. However, I would not be surprised by the team’s decision to, at some point, add one, or even two, more offensive linemen to the squad.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have loaded up on offensive weapons for what could be Tom Brady’s last ride, so protecting him will be the key to a successful run at a championship.