Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting has suffered a dislocated elbow, head coach Bruce Arians announced (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). Arians said he’s “going to be alright,” so Murphy-Bunting should be able to return before the season is through.
Murphy-Bunting suffered the gruesome injury in the first half as he tried to prevent a touchdown from CeeDee Lamb. The Bucs went on to beat the Cowboys 31-29, but they also allowed 400+ yards passing in the process.
The 24-year-old played in all 16 games last year with 13 starts. He turned in 70 stops, three passes defensed and one interception. As shown by the Bucs’ Swiss cheese D on Thursday night, he’s crucial to the defending champs’ secondary.
Ross Cockrell stepped into Murphy-Bunting’s spot Thursday night. It’s likely that he’ll serve as a Week 2 starter for the Bucs when they face the Falcons in Tampa on Sunday, Sept. 19. Beyond that, the Buccaneers will probably consider some out-of-house reinforcements. Even in a best-case scenario, Murphy-Bunting is probably looking at two months of rehab.