Last night would’ve been much worse for the Buccaneers if Tristan Wirfs suffered a long-term injury. The good news is it seems that is off the table.
The Buccaneers needed a bit of good news. Does it change the rest of this season? Probably not, but any good news on the Tristan Wirfs front is enough to take some of the edge off the bad mood in Bucs Nation.
As of last night, it looked like Wirfs could be done for the season and miss the potential playoff run the Bucs will probably earn on the merit of being marginally better than the Panthers, Falcons, and Saints.
Now, it sounds like Wirfs’ superhuman abilities could extend to the way his body handles injuries.
Rather than being done for the season after having a fully-grown defender thrown into his leg, Wirfs is now only expected to miss a few weeks, a feat that should have jaws on the floor.
Most NFL players wouldn’t be able to take such a wild hit like that and only miss three or four weeks. This is a remarkable bit of good news for the Bucs, but it might be too little too late.
Being without Wirfs over the next few weeks is going to hurt in a major way. This offensive line was already struggling in some areas with the All-Pro on the field. Just imagine how much worse it will get without one of the best player in the NFL.
There are already a lot of reasons why the Bucs have been bad outside of their offense, but being without Wirfs for this long could put the Buccaneers in a tough playoff spot if a team like the Panthers or Falcons can turn it on at the right time.
Wirfs being back for the playoffs would be great, but getting to that point is the struggle for the Buccaneers right now.
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