Chris Godwin is back on the pads.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers The wide receiver took the field Friday for the first time since tearing his ACL late last season. Godwin wore a brace on his surgically repaired knee as he participated in individual position drills and caught passes.
“It’s good to see him out there,” said coach Todd Bowles, who said Godwin is a long way from returning to a full routine. “We don’t get our hopes up.”
The veteran’s appearance Friday suggests a recovery timeline that is ahead of schedule based on when he suffered the knee injury (Dec. 19), which involved a torn MCL. Tampa expected Godwin to return during training camp, keeping him off the physically unable to perform list. The club’s confidence in his recovery was boosted this season with a new three-year, $60 million contract.
While Godwin’s presence was reassuring, Bucs WR Mike Evans left Friday’s practice early. Bowles said he may have tweaked his hamstring, which appears to be a recurring issue during camp for the veteran. Bowles also announced that Tom Brady was ruled out of Friday’s practice, but could not guarantee the quarterback’s return for Saturday.