The Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ final injury report revealed some disappointing news for Buccaneers fans on Friday. As wide receivers Chris Godwin and Russell Gage were both listed as questionable and are legit game-time decisions for Tampa Bay’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

Godwin has been working to recover from a torn ACL he sustained during the 2021 season, and has been a bit of a question mark since the early days of training camp. There was hope that there’d be more clarity on his Week One availability, but things are still unclear for the Buccaneers and the standout receiver.

Gage on the other hand, has been a limited participant in practice all week long due to a hamstring injury. It’s the same one that has held him out of practice for the last few weeks. He was signed to relieve the top two of Mike Evans and Godwin, and bring some welcomed depth to the Buccaneers’ receiving group.

But his Week One debut with Tampa Bay is in question now, with no further word on his status set to arrive until Sunday. Odds are he plays, but, that’s nowhere near official, right now.

If Godwin isn’t ready to go, then Julio Jones sounds like the best possible replacement for him on the outside. He’s a bigger body like Godwin, and still has some juice left in the tank to fill in as a short term replacement if injuries stay out of his way.

If Gage is deemed unhealthy, then the likes of Scotty Miller and others will have to do their best to step up and replace the reliable slot receiver.

However the situation shakes out on Sunday night, it appears Tampa Bay’s depth will be heavily relied on, and will be tasked with keeping the passing game running. As well as keeping some pressure off the likes of Evans, who could see some extra attention from Dallas’ defense if his other teammates can’t play up to standard.

While the early news of these two possibly missing Sunday’s contest is disappointing, it’s far from a guaranteed situation. We will certainly find out what happens on Sunday night.

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