Regardless of how long, it’ll be a big blow to the secondary.
Former NFL doctor David Chao has provided his medical opinion on league injuries for years. Once a team doctor for the San Diego Chargers, Dr. Chao gives his thoughts on the severity of injuries from the outside and more often than not is pretty accurate.
Seeing the injury to Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting last Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys, Dr. Chao posted on his website — via JoeBucsFan — that the third-year corner out of Central Michigan could miss three weeks after being placed on I.R.
On his website ProFootballDoc.com, Chao notes he does not believe SMB’s injury to be serious and his best diagnosis from the west coast is that SMB could miss three games. Chao thinks SMB is likely to be placed on the injured reserve list and will be activated after the mandatory three-week wait.
Dr. Chao does let it be known he doesn’t have access to Murphy-Bunting’s scans and as of Monday morning the Buccaneers haven’t provided much officially.
Speaking to the media recently, head coach Bruce Arians stated that his young cornerback did in fact dislocate his elbow but were still waiting for some good news.
“I’m waiting hopefully for some good news, but we don’t have it yet. The X-rays came back negative at the stadium. He did dislocate it, but we’ve just got to wait and see now. Really have nothing to report timewise yet, but we’ve got our fingers crossed.”