Bucs Hopeful For A Week 1 Return Of Chris Godwin

July 8th, 2022

Exciting news emerges.

Yesterday was the 200-day mark since Chris Godwin tore up his knee courtesy of a low hit from a New Orleans Saints safety P.J. Williams.

The math was done by ESPN NFL super insider Adam Schefter and revealed during his Thursday Bucs chat on NFL Live. 

Schefter was asked about Godwin’s injury status, which has been a guarded secret at One Buc Palace.

“They are hopeful that he’ll be ready for opening day,” Schefter said of Bucs officials.

“So that’s encouraging. They’ll chart him, monitor him, track him during the summer, see how he’s coming along. Obviously [they’re] not going to rush him back. Probably would be surprised if we saw him in any preseason games, and I think the goal will be to see if he’s ready for opening day, which I don’t think is out of the question right now.”

Joe spent a bunch of hours sniffing out the veracity of Schefter’s report and everything Joe is hearing is that Godwin has been crushing his rehab and the team is hopeful he’ll be cleared to practice during training camp.

What fantastic news! And it also means Joe will stop referencing Booger McFarland’s emphatic April comment on WDAE radio that Godwin shouldn’t be expected to play until after Thanksgiving.

McFarland, the former Bucs defensive tackle retains a lot of close ties to One Buc Palace, but it appears he got this one wrong or Godwin has come a long way in the last 12 weeks.

For perspective, Rams receiver Cooper Kupp tore his ACL in Week 10 of the 2018 season. He didn’t miss a game in 2019 and had 94 catches, 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns. Godwin’s ACL was in Week 15 last year.

45 Responses to “Bucs Hopeful For A Week 1 Return Of Chris Godwin”

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    Culpepper >> Booger

  2. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Best news I’ve heard in awhile.

  3. Maniac Buc Says:

    It’s a new age of medicine. Surgeries are becoming less and less invasive, and focusing on the directly on the injury and rehabs have much more scientific information to strengthen a particular muscle group back up. Won’t be soon before an ACL is a 6 month injury.

  4. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    With the advances in ACL surgery, it has become more common that athletes can fully recover in as little as 6 months. With that timeline, Chris Godwin would be ready for training camp. There are also the mental hurdles that come along with an injury. If you look at the more realistic 8-9 month recovery, that still puts Godwin on track to return around week 1. We open against Dallas, who we beat last year and honestly look to be worse on paper this season. Hopefully he would at least be back for week 2 at the Saints. Would be a great revenge game after they were the ones who injured him. LFG!

  5. D-Rok Says:

    Encouraging news!!!

  6. zzbucs Says:

    Jesus H Christ!!! That’s a hell of a news!!!

  7. PassingThru Says:

    Wow, considering how Godwin tore his ACL in mid-December, this is a tremendous surprise. I hope Schefter is getting an accurate assessment.

  8. Dooley Says:

    Godwin is 6 months post-op, so this kind of blows the “return by thanksgiving” projection out of the water. More like back before Halloween

  9. bob Says:

    great news

  10. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Not surprised, word about Godwin his rookie year was that he was way ahead of the game in maturity and being a complete pro. I’m sure he attacked his Regan in the same fashion.

  11. BucsfanFred Says:

    Great news

  12. Bird Says:

    Godwin is such a great teammate and all around good smart dude who actually cares

    And is wife is a personal trainer.

    I Was not worried about november. Maybe a week or two tops.
    Good to here.

  13. Biff Barker Says:

    Welcome news as Godwin is a team leader who makes other players better.

    No drama, all football. Buccaneer man.

  14. Mike Says:

    Amazing news!

  15. Biff Barker Says:

    Memo to Jason Light:

    This is 100% your call only. Please do not rush things. The owners will support you either way. Fans too!

    Anyone who follows football knows Chris can play. Only you can decide when!

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    I say bring him back week two or three if that’s the little bit of time he still needs to heal. Gage is the real mystery (???)

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    No way. Dr. Booger obviously knows best.

  18. Kentucky Buc Says:

    He’s young. That has a lot to do with healing time. Rehab has a lot of want to involved in it also.

  19. Jon Says:

    Godwin tore his acl in New Orleans. I don’t think it was at home so it’s been 9 months ppl.

  20. sasquatch Says:

    Advances in surgery, advances in recovery treatments and rehab regimens all help. So does hard work. But a lot of it is genetics. Some people heal faster…

  21. tampabayallday Says:

    I like CG14 going under the radar, we can come out SWINGING

  22. Armybucfan Says:

    I want him back week 2 against those slimy saints and have a career day against them soooo bad. A big middle finger to that team who played really dirty against us and got away with it last year.

  23. Biff Barker Says:

    The Saints side of the story is that we cheap shotted Jameis.

    Dirty team, always have been. the league lets it happen.

  24. PewterStiffArm Says:

    This injury in a lot of ways is psychological. Waiting for the first hit, the first extension. The knee might be ready but has the brain caught up.

  25. Ash Says:

    The speculation from the beginning was he was going to be ready for the beginning then booger said what he said and then people just started expecting the worse.

  26. Ash Says:

    Beginning of the season*

  27. PewterStiffArm Says:

    You know what Biff, I mentioned the cheap shot myself about a month ago. We have to get back at them. Good call by the way.

  28. Hodad Says:

    I’ll wait for Dr Boogers diagnosis.

  29. Buccos Says:

    We may go undefeated this year now

  30. T REX Says:

    no reason to rush him.

    Game 1 is probably unrealistic.

    Lots of rehab and if it’s not close to 100% you are risking a reinjury that would be the end.

  31. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Look if anyone can pull an Adrian Peterson type come back it would be CG! Hope he stays healthy and has a career best season!

  32. DungyDance Says:

    Joe, you seem to have a friend over at CBS. The story on their site about this says “per ESPN (via joebucsfan) …” The way they wrote it looks like you got the scoop. I guess they don’t follow Schefter over there. Best for everyone to come here first anyway. BS filters already applied for all of our benefit.

  33. steele Says:

    From November to week 1? That’s a huge difference. Let’s hope it’s real. It changes a lot of things, one of them being the problem at TE, which would be partially alleviated with a full WR corps.

  34. Buczilla Says:

    Great news!

  35. ClwJB Says:

    tremendously great news – especially considering the opening 4 games

  36. Tim R. Says:

    It would not surprise me to see him in a preseason game or two. He is obviously very close to being ready.

  37. Pickgrin Says:

    “Joe will stop referencing Booger”

    Finally. That “after Thanksgiving” take was bad to start with considering numerous positive reports about Godwins progress over the last couple of months.

  38. Pete Says:

    Tom knew where CG was with his rehab when he decided to un-retire.

  39. Alvafan Says:

    Don’t play him week 2 even if he’s ready

  40. Brandon Says:

    If I can have surgery to re-attach my Achilles tendon and be declared ready to return to sports in five months, Godwin can definitely return from ACL surgery in eight months. Nobody I know works harder in the gym than I do. I don’t personally know Chris Godwin, but I have a feeling, he’s no slouch. I’d be shocked if he isn’t ready by week one and I’ve always said that.

  41. cover deuce Says:

    I told you Booger didn’t know what he was talking about. But you had to keep referencing him as if he’s the actual team doctor in order to keep the drama up.

  42. Bucschamp Says:

    Let’s not rush CG. We need him healthy later on. Let Gage fill in for the meantime.

  43. David Says:

    DO NOT RUSH IT!!!!!

  44. Bucs Win Says:

    In Dr Booger’s defense, his diagnosis is coming from the perspective of a fat guy that was getting surgeries twenty(+) years ago. Medical procedures and recovery science have improved exponentially since then. Back when he played it definitely would have taken his fat arse until at least November to recover from a knee injury.

  45. geno711 Says:

    Who knows for sure, but I sure do find it funny that all the negative nanny’s were predicting that Godwin was not going to be good at all this year or at least not play until after Thanksgiving.

    They are pretty quiet on this thread today.