Also, O’Connor will also not be in this Week 5 game due to a calf injury.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without safety Antoine Winfield Jr., tight end Rob Gronkowski and defensive end. Pat o’connor against the Miami Dolphins this week, coach Bruce Arians reported Friday.
Winfield, who posted an interception and forced a fumble in the Buccaneers’ 19-17 win over the New England Patriots before missing the final two series for a concussion, was unable to get out of the concussion protocol. Mike Edwards, who had two pick-sixes in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, will get the nod.
Gronkowski to miss his second game after breaking his ribs and suffer what Arians described as a “little pinch” to his lungs two weeks ago against the Los Angeles Rams. Gronkowski was able to ride an exercise bike this week.
O’Connor, who is offside with a calf injury, has played 91.06% of special teams plays for the Buccaneers this season, by far the most of any Tampa Bay player in that category. The Buccaneers are considering bringing in Cam Gill from injured reserve to fill that role.
On a positive note for the Buccaneers, cornerback Jamel Dean, who missed last week with a knee injury, is expected to be active against the Dolphins, which means they’ll have an original starting cornerback on the field after Carlton Davis was placed on injured reserve this week with a quadriceps injury.
“He’s up to speed. He’s okay,” Arians said of Dean, though he’s still determining if he will start. If not, Pierre Desir, who replaced Davis in the second half against the Patriots, would likely start.
Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed the last two games with shoulder and wrist injuries, will also return.