TAMPA, Fla. -- After enjoying a relatively healthy training camp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are showing that they're not immune to the injury bug.
Bond, who was expected to start the season as the starting strongside linebacker, has a sprained PCL in his knee, a source told ESPN. There is optimism he still could be ready for Week 1, but it may be four to six weeks before he plays again.
"That’s only about 20 percent play time, but we’re still going to get Kendell reps inside when we are in sub-defense, when we are in nickel defense," coach Dirk Koetter said. "I think he’ll do nothing but get better."
Beckwith suffered a torn ACL in November but has been a full-go at practice and played 30 snaps in the preseason opener.
Griffin has a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. It will not require surgery, but it will take a few weeks to heal.
"It’s just unfortunate," Koetter said of the injury. "He got hit from behind and when the guy fell on him and his body weight, it landed on his right shoulder. Just a freak-type thing.”
The team is still weighing its options, but it will likely not sign another quarterback. That would mean Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had some disastrous moments Friday night -- nearly throwing an interception, fumbling and throwing a pick in the red zone -- would win the backup job.
Running back Russell Hansbrough is in the concussion protocol and will likely not be available against the Jaguars this week.
Other Bucs still on the mend include starting center Ali Marpet, who's been day-to-day with an ankle injury, and Donteea Dye Jr., who also missed practice and the preseason opener with an ankle injury.
X-rays for Dye revealed no structural damage and it's a minor sprain, according to a source. The Bucs will proceed cautiously, however, because it is the same ankle he underwent surgery on in December of 2016.
Cornerback Brent Grimes is recovering from a lacerated shin he suffered in practice this week. The wound required over 20 stitches and his availability will depend on how quickly it can heal, although the possibility exists that he won't play in the preseason at all.