Bucs lose WR Godwin, LT Smith vs. Cowboys

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Godwin’s much-anticipated comeback game nine months after suffering a torn ACL and MCL was short-lived.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of the team’s season opener at the Dallas Cowboys and was ruled out as the second half began.

Godwin was hurt on a 5-yard out route in the second quarter in which the 2019 Pro Bowler had to bend over awkwardly to make the catch on a low pass thrown from quarterback Tom Brady, before falling out of bounds. He came up limping.

Left tackle Donovan Smith also left the game because of a right elbow injury and will not return. He suffered the injury on a third-down sack by outside linebacker Micah Parsons, who spun his way to Brady with defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa barreling behind him and hitting Smith from behind. Smith has missed just two career starts in seven seasons.

Prior to leaving the game, Godwin had three catches for 35 receiving yards, including a 24-yard grab on the Bucs’ first pass play of the game.

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