Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin out for remainder of season with torn ACL

Tom Brady apparently will be without his top target for the rest of the season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, coach Bruce Arians said Monday.

Godwin suffered the injury during the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss Sunday night to the New Orleans Saints. He was hit low on a catch over the middle and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

Godwin leads the Buccaneers with 98 catches for 1,103 receiving yards and five touchdown catches.

Trainers help Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin after he was shaken up during the first half against the New Orleans Saints.

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Fellow top wide receiver Mike Evans also left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return. Evans has a strained hamstring and has a chance to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Wide receAntonio Brown is set to rejoin the team this week after serving a three-game suspension for misleading about his COVID-19 vaccination status.

Arians bemoaned the various injuries after the loss, which marked the first shutout defeat for Brady in 15 years.

“It hurts more losing all the players we lost,” Arians said in a postgame news conference. “We lost about seven starters in this game, so I’m more concerned about that right now.”

Godwin, 25, is set to become a free agent in 2022 after playing on the franchise tag this year.

The Buccaneers currently are the No. 3 seed in the NFC but have not clinched a playoff berth.

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chris Godwin injury: Buccaneers WR out for rest of year with torn ACL

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