Buccaneers: Popular player likely headed for injured reserve

Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The injuries keep piling up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as one of the more unsung and popular Buccaneers may likely be headed for the injured reserve.

Let’s just call it for what it is. The Los Angeles Rams’ defeat of the Bucs was a good old fashion butt whoopin’. They got beat down on the field and on the scoreboard, and left a lot more than just their pride hurt. Their bodies were left hurt as well.

It seemed like at least twice a quarter another Buccaneers player was lying on the field. One injury that may have flown a bit under the radar was wide receiver Scotty Miller. With Antonio Brown out of action due to being on the COVID list, Miller got some of his most significant playing time of the season. Miller caught two of three targets for 11 yards, but was still behind Tyler Johnson as far as the depth chart was concerned.

2020 was a bit of a coming out party of sorts for Miller, catching 33 passes for 501 yards. His Mia memorable moment being the touchdown bomb from Tom Brady at the end of the first half of the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers, which was pretty much a dagger.

Now, Brady will be without Miller for his homecoming against the New England Patriots and beyond, as the toe injury he suffered against the Rams will likely have him ending up on injured reserve.

In a vacuum, this injury might not seem like the worst thing in the world. However, when in rains it pours, and the injuries/COVID exposures have been mounting and this news could not have come at a worse time. Scotty Miller won’t end up on any Pro Bowl ballots any time soon, but is still an important cog in the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, and his absence will be noticed, and he will be missed.

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