Sherman, new to the team, joins the string of injuries at Tampa’s high school
PHILADELPHIA – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary, already devastated by injuries and without three starters, took another blow Thursday night, as Richard Sherman suffered a hamstring injury early in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles and officially out for the remainder of the game.
It happened on the seventh play of the Eagles’ first possession, when Jalen Hurts connected with Quez Watkins for a 23-yard reception. Sherman tried to run to Watkins, but stopped.
It was Sherman’s third game in 12 days., after signing with the Buccaneers on Sept. 29 after not playing or practicing for 288 days. He took part in all but one snap in his first game against the New England Patriots, but it is true that he signaled he was not in tip-top shape.
He was replaced by Dee Delaney.
The Bucs lost starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who is also a slot safety, in Week 1 to a dislocated elbow. Then, in Week 3, they lost third cornerback Jamel Dean to a knee injury. In Week 4, they lost top cornerback Carlton Davis to quadriceps. Then, with two series to play against the Patriots in Week 4, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. suffered a concussion. Both Murphy-Bunting and Davis are on injured reserve without a return forecast.
Counting tonight, the Bucs’ defensive backs have missed 11 combined games this season. Sherman’s signature was supposed to give them relief. To make matters worse, the Bucs don’t have inside linebacker Lavonte David, their best coverage linebacker.