TAMPA – The injury-stung Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have taken another significant hit: Right tackle Tristan Wirfs limped off the field Sunday after being attended to by trainers during the opening drive of the NFC wild card playoff against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wirfs suffered an ankle injury, the team announced, with his status to return considered questionable. There is no disputing his value to the Tom Brady-armed offense. On Friday, Wirfs, a second-year pro drafted in the first round in 2020, was named first-team all-pro for the first time.
Tampa Bay can hardly afford more injury losses to its offense. The Bucs entered the game without their top two running backs – Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones – while their receiving corps continues to try filling the void created last month with the season-ending torn ACL that sidelined Chris Godwin.
Wirfs is the anchor of a line that has been the most consistently healthy unit for a team ravaged by injuries amid its bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions. He was replaced by seventh-year veteran Josh Wells.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tristan Wirfs, Bucs tackle, leaves wild card game with ankle injury