Chris Godwin is back in the stocks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers The wide receiver entered the training field for the first time on Friday after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament at the end of last season. Godwin wore a brace on his surgically repaired knee when he participated in individual position exercises and received passes.
“It’s nice to have him there,” said trainer Todd Bowles, who said Godwin is a long way from returning to a full-on routine. “We don’t live up to expectations.”
The veteran’s presence on Friday indicates recovery is ahead of schedule, given when he suffered a knee injury (December 19), including a torn MCL. Tampa expected Godwin to return during training camp without being placed on the physically unable to compete list. The club’s confidence in his off-season recovery was bolstered by a new three-year, $60 million contract.
While Godwin’s presence was reassuring, Bucs WR Mike Evans left Friday practice early. Bowles said he may have injured his hamstring, which appears to be repeated during veterans’ camp. Bowles also announced that Tom Brady has been released from Friday practice but cannot guarantee the quarterback’s return on Saturday.
- Signature: D.L. Trevon Coley.
- Signed CB Devonta Harris.
- Refused DT Auzoyah Alufohai.
- Refused S by John Alexander.
- Signed P. Sterling Hofrichter.
- Refused P Tommy Heatherly.
- LB Three Walkers has decided to retire from football, coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Friday. Walker was an undrafted free agent from Idaho.
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