Large Window For Sean Murphy-Bunting To Return

September 14th, 2021

Depressing update.

Ouch, this is not good.

Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians had his first chance to address Sean Murphy-Bunting’s dislocated right elbow since the third-year corner was placed on injured reserve yesterday.

And he didn’t sound overly optimistic.

Arians was asked what sort of prognosis he has for SMB’s return and Arians said, “Right now it could be anywhere from [Week] 4 to the end of the season.”


Well, at least in the worst-case scenario, it appears SMB will be ready for the playoffs.

Joe wonders if the Bucs are already shopping other teams trying to trade for a capable cornerback? The way Jamel Dean was constantly targeted by the Cowboys — with a lot of success — you have to believe teams will continue that trend until he starts shutting receivers down.

Arians did add the Bucs are still doing more MRIs and are seeking a second opinion. He said in a few days the Bucs will have a better idea of a timetable for SMB’s return.

“It’s always huge when you lose your starting corner,” Arians said. “Those guys are hard to find in the first place.”

28 Responses to “Large Window For Sean Murphy-Bunting To Return”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sometimes coaches are wise a$$es with injuries….seems to me some previous Buc coaches were the same way.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Ive had the same injury. It’s three weeks before the swelling subsides and another 3 before you can wipe your ass without extreme discomfort .

  3. JGhotier Says:

    Gareon Conley is an interesting name to possibly take a flyer on

    Telling y’all regarding SMB. Watch the 7 sec video clip that’s in slow motion of the injury happening (in a shot I don’t think we saw during the broadcast up clause like this) on ACL Recovery Club’s Twitter page and if that’s not a bone coming out through the skin, please someone smarter than me, explain what that is….

    I sure hope I’m just an idiot and wrong here, but it didn’t look good in real-time and that video only compound(no pun intended)s that 🤞🤞🤞

  4. JGhotier Says:

    up CLOSE *** like this ^^^

  5. mark2001 Says:

    So in other words, he could be back by the game after the end of the three week IR stint which is required by NFL rules after being placed on IR, or he might not be back at all this year. Which means he isn’t really telling us anything. Thanks for nothing, Bruce.

  6. Aceofaerospace Says:

    If it was just a dislocated elbow without other damage, it’s not a season ending injury. My son dislocated his elbow in a game. His forearm was pointing 90 degrees in the wrong direction. He played the next week with an elbow brace. Of course my son is a badass also, but that beside the point.

  7. PassingThru Says:

    It all depends on the amount of ligament damage in that elbow.

  8. Robert Says:

    not to hat on SMB, but he wasn’t that special. We need a man cover corner the way TB blitzes.

    those are hard to find, but you can bet they have 20 lines in the water for one.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    I’d like to know what one of the docs think, but if they are doing more MRI’s, I’d think that means they want to make sure there isn’t anything more significant than what we have already seen. So I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing…just an important precaution, like the second opinion, to make sure we do the appropriate treatment regime.

  10. Medicated Pete Says:

    He needs to work on his football IQ anyway. Constantly gets fooled, bamboozled & out-smarted

  11. BerrickDrooks Says:

    welp get used to seeing teams throw all over as usual

  12. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Sure makes ignoring the secondary during the draft seem like a mistake.

  13. Buc4evr Says:

    Is Richard Sherman or Quinton Dunbar still available?

  14. Duane Says:

    SMB is a tough loss the team will have to manage. The secondary is banged up, but you know who isnt- The front seven that are capably paid to reduce the load. Not many teams are going to try to run on this defense, so worrying about the secondary just comes with the territory. I think they get after Matty Ice this weekend as Bowles dials up the heat.

  15. Mike Says:

    Could be a little gamesmanship from Arians. Let’s hope it’s closer to 3 or 4 weeks.

  16. buxszntkt Says:

    @mark2001, it is difficult to dislocate an elbow without getting any fracture at all. They are likely repeating the imaging if there is some “artifact” that isn’t clear whether it is avulsed bone or soft tissue.
    They also likely want to get different imaging sequences that let them optimize the soft tissues to get a better idea of how long this takes to heal.

  17. Waterboy Says:

    They are waiting for swelling to go down so they can do an MRI which is needed to assess extent of soft tissue injury. Xray merely showed that there is no broken bone. If MRI shows no major soft tissue (ligament or tendon tears) damage, then likely scenario is 4 to 6 weeks out. If MRI shows damage, then its 12 weeks or more!

  18. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    just find an other CB, is not going to make any big difference. from 400 yards passing is going to be 450 yards… pfff… passing D suck anyway …

  19. SB~LV Says:

    Tough for a CB to push, pull, grip , grab with a busted hinge! That elbow must be the size of a cantaloupe right about now.
    Pissed off ANGRY joint !

  20. webster Says:

    Maybe trask can play cornerback

  21. Mr Bean Says:

    The pass defense is as good as the weakest link. And the weakest link with the Bucs is the secondary. The pass rush becomes irrelevant as the QB can just release the ball on short routes to receivers who are not covered before the pass rush can get anywhere close to the QB. For the pass rush to work you need to cover all receivers long enough to give the pass rush a chance.

  22. Buccos Says:

    No big loss. He played well in the playoffs but he was horrible during the regular season. We should trade a tight end for a corner.

  23. Buc4evr Says:

    Richard Sherman is the answer. He is still better than anyone we have.

  24. adam from ny Says:

    what if:

    we traded back for vernon hargrievances…

    just kidding people…just kidding

  25. NPRbuc Says:

    Hey Joe. How about an update with the recent signings of help for the secondary? I don’t like having to go to other sites to get caught up with Bucs news!

  26. Joe in Michigan Says:

    To the people who are saying Licht screwed up in the draft…Who should’ve been taken instead of Trask? Name a name so we’ll be able to see who was right 5 years from now.

  27. Ed Says:

    Dean is a big fast corner without fluid or sharp cutting ability. They need to put him up in the face of the WR he is covering and not use him in zone schemes.

    Roll the safety or nickle back to help him on WR that are quick cutters. The downfield guys he can cover because he can run with them and use his wingspan to break up plays.

    But he can’t cover WR like Dallas has. Those guys are all quick and fluid. The guy on the Falcons, Ridley would be a nightmare to put Dean on.

  28. Chuck Says:

    I recently saw that Malcolm Butler retired citing some personal issue, even though he’s only 31 and was in line to start in Arizona. I don’t know the retirement rules and whether Arizona retains his rights, but he seems like he’d be an excellent fill-in. Work that phone, TB12!