Chris Godwin Non-Committal On Playing Week 1

September 6th, 2022

Podcast appearance.

Chris Godwin made it perfectly clear: Unless you hear directly from him, his wife or his personal trainer, anything related to when he will be on an NFL playing field very likely is fake news.

Appearing on something called “In the Moment” with somebody called “David Greene,” Godwin joked about how he often reads reports that are trying to pinpoint when he will be back from January knee surgery.

Godwin told Greene three people know his status: himself, his wife and his trainer.

Of course, Greene tried to corner Godwin into giving a percentage for playing against Dallas in Week 1. Godwin would not oblige, saying only he is more concerned with playing the second half of the season rather than the first.

“I don’t think any of us know that,” Godwin said when asked about Week 1 availability. On reports of when he may return, Godwin added, [reports that circulate, “half the time I have no idea where these people got that from. Because, really, the people that know the most about my process is me, firstly; my wife and my PT.”

Godwin also added he has worked so hard in his rehab that he would be sick if he tried to return too soon and blow his knee out again, only to see all his hard work go up in smoke.

It’s unnecessary for Godwin to be 100 percent to play, he said, as he knows how to play through pain. Godwin also said no player is healthy in the second half of the season and he knows from experience what he can and cannot play through.

“It will come down to a feel,” Godwin said. “I understand what I am capable of doing on the field when healthy. But I also understand what I am capable of pushing through.

“Like I said, most guys are not healthy after a couple of weeks of the season. Most of your career, you are playing through something. But I know I can do that at a high level.

“I would love to be there the entire season. But I think what is more important is being there for the second half of the season. Being there for what I missed last year.”

On his knee injury last year against the slimy Saints, Godwin said had it been a postseason game he could have returned to play. Initially, trainers thought he only had an MCL sprain. After tests, doctors learned he had a more serious ACL injury.

25 Responses to “Chris Godwin Non-Committal On Playing Week 1”

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    Godwin is a true beast’s beast. Gives 110%. All. The. Time.

    Good to know he’s got his head on perfectly straight about being ready. He and no one else will have the final decision on when he steps on the field.

    But if that’s not for a few weeks he needs to tell Bowles and JL so they can IR him for four weeks and activate Thompson’s, re-sign Grayson.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:


  3. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I really want Chris to be successful and back on the field tearing opposing defenses up. I also want him to be careful with his body and if he hasn’t had any GH or stem cell treatment to increase recovery I don’t think he should play week one.

  4. panhandle Buc Says:

    Do not rush him back! I would rather him start week 4 against KC!

  5. Greg G Says:

    My biggest worry is that he won’t be ready for week 1 but will be ready for week 2…playing against the Saints and the team/players that he got injured against in the first place.

    One for the mental aspect of that. But two, and I know this is not popular to say, but the Saints are a dirty team. Their defense especially. And while I don’t think that they target hurting players, I do think they go out of their way to create unsafe situations.

    To this day, I can’t comprehend how anyone re-watches the injury to Godwin and doesn’t, at least, suspect that PJ Williams was aiming for knees. Chris Collinsworth even starts to say something, and then pauses, and says, “I’m going to think about this before I comment.”

    Dude got onto his knees as Chris is looking away and drives his shoulder through CG’s knees. Then gets up and pounds his chest. It’s disgusting.

    Still, I’m so impressed by Chris and so thankful he has the maturity, support, and intelligence to push for a comeback but not rush when he get’s back on the field. Forever rooting for this guy!

  6. Marine Buc Says:

    As much as I am eager to see Godwin out there on Sunday I am still OK with him sitting out another week or two in order to insure he is fully healed and 100%…

    We are lucky to have the best WR core in the NFL currently. There is a reason we added Gage and Jones. Let’s use them.

  7. Buc king Says:

    I’m ok with putting him on ir for 4 weeks…
    Along as gage Mike Perriman scotty n julio are ready we should be good enough to compete with anyone.
    I like Brady to getting live action with his new targets early in the season…Rudolph Otton gage julio….
    I voiced my concerns with this team enough…I like us to come out 3-1 n healthier at end of the first 4 games.

    By that time I hope Godwin is healthy..gronk is back.. suh is back..
    Edelman is almost ready..
    By the bye week we have all weapons on board and making the super bowl push.

  8. Bucs&Bolts Says:

    We need to eff the Saints up payback for what they did to us on purpose, I wana see us physically dominate them

  9. Howard Cosell Says:

    Please do not rush to come back. Please.

    You have Howards unconditional love no matter when you return.

    Godspeed my good man

  10. Howard Cosell Says:


    exclamation: Godspeed

    an expression of good wishes to a person starting a journey.
    “she wished him godspeed”

    Middle English: from God speed you ‘may God help you prosper’.

  11. Howard Cosell Says:

    We’ll be fine.
    Howard thinks week 3 is a good target.

    Howard would prefer if Godwin did not play against the patently and profoundly EVIL saints team

  12. Maniac Buc Says:

    I hope he plays week one, but if not, will be excited to see JD play more also!

  13. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Greg G. They were absolutely knee hunting that game. It’s why Brady went over to the Saints’ sideline and told them politely to F themselves. That was the Psycho Tom i love to see. Gronk got rattled that game because he saw what the Bounty Gate Aints were doing on the field. It’s no coincidence that 3 of our best players were injured that game. Evans, :Lenny, and CG. This was their payback for Winston’s injury.

    Saints have zero respect for this team. Why would they? This team is ultra soft. I’ve never thought i would say a team led by Tom Brady was soft. The interesting thing is that Brady had a winning record against the Saints when he played in NE. I firmly believe it was the scheme and game plan by Josh McDaniels that resulted in their success.

    Maybe we should try some new things instead of doing the same thing an expecting a different result. I will say that the first game against them last season the offense moved the ball pretty good against them. I believe we had 400 total yards in offense. Godwin was unstoppable that game.

    Cam Brate was asked why the team struggled against the Saints, and in so many words he said it was because we were soft in the trenches. He said we need to run the ball more effectively. The big keys to me are limiting turnovers and causing turnovers. That’s why were successful against them in the playoffs. I know for sure that Brady is seething inside because the Saints have owned us in the regular season.

  14. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Greg G

    I actually think the Saints DO target players.


    On one hand, I WANT Chris in the game at New Orleans.

    On the other hand.. those MF cheap shot artists are who took him out last year.


    If we get him for Dallas in week 1?
    That would be gravy.


    Jmarkbuc says,
    “I actually think the Saints DO target players.”

    Agreed. They took out Chris AND Lenny in that last game. Man we owe them, big time. Big mouth #22 is gone. Wish he was still there for the ass beatings they are getting this year.

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    That doesn’t sound good.

    Personally I always thought he’d miss at least 4 games, probably 6, but you’d hope if that’s the case the Bucs would have used the IR spot. Then again, I think the rules are you can only return one player from IR, and they want that to be Jensen, so if that’s till true, that could mean they are in fact without Godwin for a while, even though he’s on the active roster.

    Then again they change the rules like every other week during the plague, so I don’t know if I’m behind on IR returns anymore, so I could be completely wrong.

  19. Hodad Says:

    See him in November.

  20. captivajim Says:

    His 1st game should Not be on artificial turf… Plus those fields are crowned to facilitate drainage. If he’s ready -he should wait to play at home against packers or Chiefs….

  21. CrackWise Says:

    Makes for good “entertainment” story line if he returns against the Saints.

    It will be a game between the two stars that got injured playing one another’s team.

    JW an CG

  22. Wild Bill Says:

    No need to rush his return. Bucks have enough receiver talent for this game.

  23. MadMax Says:

    Def wait longer Godwin!. That stuff is no joke. When you think you’re ready, you probably still need 4 more weeks and I mean of rest, dont overwork. That tightness takes time to loosen up.

  24. Z-31 Says:

    Wild Bill Says:
    “Bucks have enough receiver talent for this game.”


    You don’t live in Milwaukee.
    It’s BUCS.

  25. jeff Says:

    you guys in the comments really need to stop pushing the kid. jc. he will be back when hes healthy