Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead exited the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers and did not return due to injury. His status for the Super Bowl is up in the air, though a new report Wednesday says otherwise.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Whitehead has not been ruled out for Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs and will try to play despite his injuries.
The 23-year-old is dealing with shoulder and labrum injuries, per Rapoport.
#Bucs S Jordan Whitehead, who is dealing with labrum and additional shoulder issues stemming from last Sunday’s win, has not been ruled out for Super Bowl 55, source said. Despite the injury, he’s going to try to play. Something to watch into next week.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2021
Whitehead has been very effective for the Buccaneers during their playoff run. In three games, he has seven tackles, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles.
In 16 regular-season games, the Pittsburgh product had two interceptions, four passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two sacks, 74 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and three quarterback hits.