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Chris Godwin improving hip injury, but still a game-time decision

Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin has missed practice this week with a hip injury. We break down the fantasy implications for Week 4 Bucs vs. Rams.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin runs with the ball against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4, and they are optimistic about having a key weapon available. Wide receiver Chris Godwin injured his hip in Week 4, and sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to practice on Friday, and head coach Bruce Arians said he was encouraged by what he saw from the receiver, according to Bucs beat writer Greg Auman. Arians said that nonetheless, Godwin will officially be a game-day decision.

Fantasy impact: Fantasy owners do not like game-time decisions, but this does not seem like a difficult one. Barring a setback over the weekend, Godwin seems pretty close to a sure bet to play on Sunday. Even at less than 100 percent, he’s worth a start. He saw his numbers take a hit last week (three receptions, 40 yards) with Mike Evans’ offensive explosion, but Jameis Winston will be looking for anything and everything against a stout Rams defense.