Lavonte David Is Not 100 Percent

November 10th, 2021

Bucs fans were treated to Lavonte David back on the field last week in New Orleans following a sprained ankle against Miami on October 10.

David seemed to move well but didn’t shine quite like the superstar he is.

Was he healthy?

David explained to the Salty Dogs podcast that he’s doing very well but he’s still on a path to full recovery, as set by team doctors and trainers.

“Feeling great. You know, we had a plan and we stuck with the plan and they got me back on the field as quick as I can,” David said when asked about his health. “Still a lot of work to do, but for right now everything is going well on the up and up, so I’m just sticking with my plan to do what they want me to do so I can get back to where I need to be.”

David added that it was better to play before the bye week and test the ankle than to wait until after the bye. If he had a small setback in New Orleans, David said, then that would have been ok because of the extra week to heal. But testing the ankle and succeeding was the best scenario.

“Now I can go out there [on Sunday in Washington] without thinking about my injury,” he said.

Joe is very encouraged by all the healing Bucs. Of course, Joe doesn’t expect much from anyone in his first game back from injury. So Joe is not expecting Sean Murphy-Bunting to save the Bucs secondary, or Richard Sherman.

But barring more setbacks across the team, the Bucs should be in a great place physically for the post-Thanksgiving stretch run.

11 Responses to “Lavonte David Is Not 100 Percent”

  1. Jeff Says:

    When you re-sprain a sprained ankle it just gets worse. Bucs should have rested the ineffective Lavonte David. Healthy players win SuperBowls.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    There is no guaranteed that Sean Murphy-Bunting will play Sunday, according to Arians.

  3. SOEbuc Says:

    Gotta keep the faith. Maybe SMB, Sherman, and Lavonte can come out making a difference.

  4. Rico210 aka wutdaBucisthis Says:

    These guys are modern day gladiators. They play for each other first. The crowds are secondary to them. As a fan, I want backs broken, heads rolling, soul shaking beat downs! Hahaha
    Excuse me.
    They will play if they can, and we love them for it.
    Go Bucs

  5. Robert Says:

    Me thinks they come out and put a beating on the WFT. on both offense AND defense….but I really expectr a huge improvement on defense and penalties. The offense will get back in their groove if that happens.

  6. Jordan Says:

    Should’ve rested Lavonte and Gronk — very shocking in my opinion to push guys right before the bye week. It was a big game, but we have enough talent to win without them.

    Minter is actually pretty good. He doesn’t make big mistakes.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    LVD just didn’t perform like his usual self last game. Quite apparent that his ankle wasn’t anyplace close to 100%. Same with JPP & his shoulder. Bucs’ coaches should’ve shut both of them down & gone with their backups. Minter did a good job filling in IMO, and JTS could’ve used the extra snaps.

    Can’t help but wonder if Payton didn’t game plan to take advantage of both LVD & JPP not being 100%. Looking at the solo tackles in that game, our Secondary had 26 & our Front-7 had 20. Considering that the Saints ran 32 times & only completed 22 passes, seems like something was amiss (would’ve expected a lot more tackles from our Front-7).

  8. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Man it would be great if Devin white wasn’t having such a down year that just maybe he could step up and play better with Lavonte being limited…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    Needs to sit
    Minter at 100
    Is better than David at 80

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    Best to let injuries heal at the NFl level. Just make them worse by playing. They should put JPP on IR also. He’s a gladiator but at what price?

  11. Alanbucsfan Says:

    David got trucked in end zone on Kamara’s td run.
    That doesn’t happen to a healthy David.