Future Hall of Fame cornerback Richard Sherman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has played all of eight games since the start of the 2020 season.
It doesn’t seem like that’s going to change any time soon. Having signed with the Buccaneers earlier this season, Sherman suffered a calf injury during warm-ups of Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team.
It’s now being noted that the five-time Pro Bowler will miss the next few weeks with what’s being described as a calf strain.
The 33-year-old Richard Sherman has seen injuries pile up toward the latter part of his brilliant career. Back in 2017, his final season with the Seattle Seahawks, the Super Bowl winner missed seven games with a torn Achilles. After moving on to the San Francisco 49ers and playing well in 2018 and 2019, he missed all but five games a season ago to injury.
Impact of Richard Sherman injury
For the defending champion Buccaneers, this has been a common theme to the season. That is to say, injuries in the defensive backfield. It’s why Tampa signed Sherman in the first place.
Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting are both in injured reserve. Davis has played all of four games while Murphy-Bunting has been designated to return after suffering his injury all the way back in Week 1.
To say this has had an impact on the Buccaneers’ defensive performance would be an understatement. Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke torched this unit last week in a shocking Buccaneers loss.
All said, the Bucs are giving up nearly 24 points per game and are yielding an average of 267.9 passing yards per game on the season.