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Chris Godwin ruled out for Week 3 vs. Packers with hamstring injury

We break down news that Chris Godwin has a hamstring injury. What it means for Week 3 and beyond.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) runs with the ball after making catch during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Miami Dolphins Joint-Practice on August 10, 2022 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Friday update: The Buccaneers have officially ruled out Godwin for Sunday’s game against the Packers. The team is listing Julio Jones and Russell Gage as questionable, so there’s a real chance the Bucs could be trotting out Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller as the top two receivers. Mike Evans has been suspended for this game due to his involvement in a brawl with Marshon Lattimore in Week 2.

Friday update: Godwin once again wasn’t practicing on Friday. It’s not official yet, but he will sit this Sunday.

Thursday update: Godwin wasn’t practicing again on Thursday, per Greg Auman. He looks destined to miss another week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin was not at Wednesday practice. He has been inactive for several weeks since suffering a hamstring injury in the Bucs’ season opener.

Godwin’s absence adds to a wider WR shortage in Tampa Bay, with Mike Evans suspended for one game after instigating a fight on the field and Julio Jones not at practice, either. QB Tom Brady, who would usually take a day off practice on Wednesday, was seen throwing during warmups.

Fantasy football implications

The Bucs signed 11-year NFL veteran Cole Beasley to their practice squad this week, and they are expected to elevate him to the active roster in time for Sunday’s game against the Packers to fill the hole left by three starting WRs’ absence.

Beasley will likely be a consistent target for Brady this weekend, and Breshad Perriman and Russell Gage should see plenty of snaps as well.

Perriman has had three receptions for 45 yards so far this season, and Gage has taken in seven for 41 yards.