Last season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hit with a plethora of injuries, but none more impactful than Tristan Wirfs. The All-Pro tackle went down in the Wild Card round against the Philadelphia Eagles. Wirfs tried to gut it out but wasn’t able to put any weight on the injured ankle. This would, unfortunately, keep him out most of the Divisional Round versus the Los Angeles Rams. The Buccaneers were dealing with several storylines at the time, which included Chris Godwin being sidelined and Antonio Brown having a mental breakdown on the sideline in which he took his shoulder pads, shirt, and gloves off against the New York Jets. The Buccaneers probably end up back in the Super Bowl if Tristan Wirfs doesn’t get hurt. In other seasons, prior to last year, the Buccaneers would’ve had a first-round bye, as well.
Fast Forward to the present and Tristan Wirfs is recovering from an oblique injury. The collective breath of the Tampa Bay faithful can breathe easily because it looks like Wirfs will be ready for Week 1 against the Cowboys. The Buccaneers and Wirfs played this injury situation extremely smartly. The coaching staff held him out of practice and preseason games in order to guarantee that he would be 100% for the regular season. Everyone knows the front five will have a different look than seasons prior, and really can’t afford to lose the Iowa big man. So, let’s hope that everyone has a clean bill of health in the 2022-23 NFL Season and that the Buccaneers are lifting another Lombardi when the clock hits 0:00 in Arizona.
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