UPDATE (2/5): Winfield returned to a full practice on Friday and was taken off of the injury report for the Super Bowl. After missing the NFC Championship game, the Buccaneers will get their rookie starting safety back for the big game.
UPDATE (2/3): Winfield was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. This is a good sign for his availability for the Super Bowl.
UPDATE (2/2): The Bucs had what head coach Bruce Arians described as a bonus walk-through day on Tuesday, per Jenna Laine. Antoine Winfield took part, but Arians told the media Winfield, Antonio Brown, and Jordan Whitehead all remain question marks for the time being for Sunday’s game.
UPDATE (1/29): Each Super Bowl team releases a “final” injury report for the bye week in which they provide a status as if the game was happening in two days on Sunday, January 31. Winfield is listed as questionable based on that report after a week of no practice. The Bucs return to practice next week.
UPDATE (1/29): Winfield Jr. isn’t practicing on Friday, per Rick Stroud. This was the plan, so he still should be on track to play come February 7th.
UPDATE (1/28): Winfield was not at practice on Thursday, per the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud. He likely won’t him back at practice this week, as he takes time to heal his ankle. But reports have been positive about his return to practice next week and a return for the Super Bowl.
UPDATE (1/27): Coach Bruce Arians says that Winfield Jr. likely won’t practice during the bye week as he recovers from his ankle injury, per the Pewter Report. There won’t be much practicing this week as it is and Winfield is reportedly going to be ready for the big game. If he can’t practice on Tuesday, we should worry, but he likely will.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get safety Antoine Winfield Jr. back for the Super Bowl, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Winfield missed the NFC Championship game against the Packers due to an injured ankle. The Buccaneers won that game, but did allow Aaron Rodgers to throw for 346 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Winfield is the team’s best run stopper in the secondary and a strong pass rusher as well. He hasn’t been the best in coverage his rookie season, but he’s a playmaker that can change the course of a game. An example of that happened just two weeks ago against the New Orleans Saints, when Winfield stripped the ball from tight end Jared Cook, giving Devin White the chance to recover and score a touchdown.
As a rookie, Winfield has played the second-most defensive snaps on the team and his return will be a big one for the defense.