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Buccaneers make final call to Chris Godwin vs. Washington

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has another key receiver back in action for Sunday in Washington.

The Bucs plan to let Chris Godwin play after sustaining a foot injury from the New Orleans game in Week 8. The Athletic’s Greg Auman first covered the news.

While Godwin didn’t train on Wednesday and Thursday, he had limited attendance on Friday. The Bucs have classified him as questionable for Sunday’s game. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Friday that it will depend on how Godwin is feeling.

“We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow,” said Arians Jenna Laine, according to ESPN. “He looked good today, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow. … (he has) just enough to look OK. We’ll see how he’s doing. “

Playing Godwin will help alleviate the absence of Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, who will miss Sunday’s game due to injury. Between Brown and Gronkowski, that’s 9.8 receptions and 129.6 yards per game worth the lack of production.

Brady hasn’t played with all of his top receivers and tight end since week 2 of this season. That didn’t slow him down to a tune of 2,650 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Godwin leads the Bucs with 69 receptions, 660 yards and four touchdowns.

While Tampa Bay placed cornerback Rashard Robinson on injured Friday, the Bucs made no corresponding squad change. Auman noted that an open squad spot signaled Godw’s potential return.

“Arians don’t often go with just four wide receivers,” Auman wrote.

Brady will target regulars Mike Evans and Tyler Johnson alongside rookie Jaelon Darden, Auman noted. The Bucs also pulled Breshard Perriman off the training roster via NBC Sports EDGE. Perriman signed with the Bucs this week after the Detroit Lions renounced him.

Tampa Bay won’t get Scotty Miller back from a lawn toe injury or cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting from an elbow injury, Auman reported. Miller, who got three touchdowns last season, hasn’t played since Week 3. Murphy-Bunting has been out since week one.

The Bucs also pulled tight end Derren Fells off the practice team while Gronkowski was on pause. Fells signed with the team this week after his Lions release. Cameron Brate and OJ Howard will do most of the work in the end even in Gronkowski’s absence.

Whether or not Godwin might pass, Brady comes into Sunday’s game with heightened expectations to recover from a week 8 loss. Brady expects to make all-round progress – including the passing game.

“I don’t think there’s an area where we can’t be better,” Brady told the media on Thursday. “I think we can improve everything. A lot of it is just great communication, we’re on the same page. You just have to keep talking through things. “

Brady also showed confidence in Perriman, the Bucs’ newest wideout.

“He knows all the tracks he has to run, he knows how to do things, he’s run every track in NFL football,” said Brady. “He’s a veteran. I’ve played with different players over the years who may have similar skills. But I’ve always loved watching him play. “

“He knows all the tracks he has to run, he knows how to do things, he’s run every track in NFL football,” said Brady. “He’s a veteran. I’ve played with different players over the years who may have similar skills. But I’ve always loved watching him play. “

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