As the Dallas Cowboys cope with the loss of Zack Martin for the season opener against Tampa Bay, the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers have just one player who isn’t practicing.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians announced that starting safety Jordan Whitehead isn’t practicing. He’s listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
“The only person not participating is Jordan Whitehead with his hamstring,” Arians said, via ProFootballTalk. “It’s day-to-day — we’ll see where he goes.”
Arians said that Mike Edwards and Ross Cockrell would share Whitehead’s duties if he can’t play on Thursday. He dismissed the notion that the team should be concerned if Whitehead misses the game.
“Ross has had a hell of a camp and obviously made the transition easily for us,” Arians said. “Mike is a ballhawk. So, I’m very, very comfortable with where we’re at there.”
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Jordan Whitehead has been starting for the Buccaneers since going in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s started 41 of 45 games and has 219 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three interceptions and 17 passes defended.
The Buccaneers boast one of the NFL’s best defenses on top of an elite offense. They should be able to weather the storm for one game – especially with the issues Dallas’ offense is battling.
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