Chris Godwin says he still can't give a definitive answer to whether or not he will be ready to play in Week 1 versus the Dallas Cowboys. On December 19, 2021, Godwin sustained a torn ACL and MCL injury, which required a surgery.
Godwin started practicing in early August. "I don't have a definitive answer," Godwin said, via ESPN. "I'm just really grateful to be out there right now." The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Cowboys on the road, on Sunday Night Football.
Godwin wants to play, but doesn't want to make decisions that could compromise his long-term health. "I think it's just trying to be as smart as possible," Godwin said. "Because obviously the competitor in me wants to go as soon as I can.
But just understanding that I wasn't there for the end of the season last year -- that stuff really gets to me. I've gotta be as smart as I can, trying to back the best decision, not just for myself but what I feel like is gonna help the team most down the stretch.
Godwin: I'll be on the field when I feel confident in where I'm at
"I think that like whenever I go out there, it's because I feel really confident in where I'm at and in my ability to not only play, but to be able to take whatever hits I need to play," Godwin said.
"Football's a violent game and you can't really like protect yourself from everything. So it's just like once I have the confidence in myself and like once it's the right time for me to go out there, it's just go out there and play and be free."
The Buccaneers have a tough season opener as they play the Cowboys on AT&T Stadium. Having Godwin would certainly be a boost for the Buccaneers' offense and their chances of beating the Cowboys in Week 1.