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Jordan Whitehead taken off of injury report for Super Bowl LV

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety will return for the big game.

Jordan Whitehead #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks from the field injured in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

UPDATE (2/5): Whitehead returned to a full practice on Friday and was taken off of the injury report for the Super Bowl. After being forced from the NFC Championship game there was some concern for his availability, but he should be ready to go on Sunday.

UPDATE (2/3): Whitehead was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. This is a good sign, as he was the most questionable of the players going into this week with notable injuries.

UPDATE (2/2): The Bucs had what head coach Bruce Arians described as a bonus walk-through day on Tuesday, per Jenna Laine. Jordan Whitehead took part, but Arians told the media Whitehead, Antonio Brown, and Antoine Winfield 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. Whitehead is listed as doubtful based on that report after a week of no practice. The Bucs return to practice next week.

UPDATE (1/29): Whitehead has yet to practice, per Rick Stroud. He should be at a place to give playing a go when the Super Bowl rolls around, but he’ll need to show he is available.

UPDATE (1/28): Whitehead was not at practice on Thursday, per the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud. We likely won’t see Whitehead back at practice anytime soon, as he tries to heal from his shoulder injury. Hopefully he can return next week at some point.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were without their two safeties last week against the Packers, as Antoine Winfield Jr. was inactive with an ankle injury and Jordan Whitehead was forced from the game with a shoulder injury. Winfield appears poised to return for the Super Bowl, but Whitehead isn’t as certain to be fully healthy. But, Whitehead hasn’t been ruled out and he’s going to try to play, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It appears Whitehead might not be 100 percent, but we’ll keep tabs on his practice updates. His presence on the field in the NFC Championship was huge, as he caused two fumbles, one of which Tampa Bay recovered. That turnover was a key to the team getting to the Super Bowl.

Whitehead’s physical nature caused those fumbles, but also caused his injury. It will likely be tough for Whitehead to be as physical in his hits if his shoulder isn’t ready to go. But, getting him out there is likely to be a positive.