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NFL News: Bucs’ Chris Godwin out, Donovan Smith doubtful vs. Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin will miss the team’s Sunday road game against the New Orleans Saints, while left tackle Donovan Smith is listed as doubtful.

Neither player has participated in practice this week after getting hurt in Tampa Bay’s 19-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Godwin, who injured a hamstring vs. the Cowboys, was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL and MCL in the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss to the Saints on Dec. 19.

Smith hyperextended his right elbow in the second quarter last weekend. Backup tackle Josh Wells likely would get the start should Smith be unable to play.

“Not out — Donovan will be close,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said on Friday. “It will be hard for him to make it, but we’ll see. The rest of the guys we’ll see on Sunday.”

The “rest of the guys” include a number of wide receivers, including Mike Evans (calf) and Julio Jones (knee).

Both Evans and Jones missed Thursday’s practice, then were limited participants in Friday’s session. Both are listed as questionable for Sunday.

Fellow wideouts Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee), running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring), right tackle Tristan Wirfs (abdomen) and cornerback Zyon McCollum (hamstring) were limited in practice on Friday. All are considered questionable to face the Saints.

–Field Level Media

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