Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-year strong safety Mark Barron suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, and it looked like a significant injury upon first glance. However, the Buccaneers official Twitter feed stated that Barron’s hamstring injury “is not considered serious”, and there’s “a good chance” that Mark Barron is able to play against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Michael Vick may have only went 14-27, but he was much better than the statistics indicate in Week 4′s blowout loss to the Denver Broncos. Vick had absolutely no help around him, as LeSean McCoy struggled through the afternoon with breathing problems at Mile High. More importantly, the Eagles receivers could do nothing against a great group of Broncos CBs, and Vick did not get much help at all from those wideouts. The Broncos took DeSean Jackson out of the game, and the rest was history for Vick, whose receivers could not take advantage of some good throws. Chip Kelly rightfully gave Vick a vote of confidence after the game, and the Eagles should consider it a victory that Vick did not throw a pick.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to do the exact same thing against the Eagles; take DeSean Jackson out of the game with Darrelle Revis. The league is still trying to suspend Dashon Goldson, and they are going to use his repeat offender status and a not-all-that-blatant hit on Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown.
Vick’s deep ball, LeSean McCoy’s insane rushing ability, and the league’s vendetta against Goldson make Barron’s health going into this week’s game paramount. He isn’t playing well this season, but he’s much better than anything the Bucs have behind him on the depth chart and is a talented safety overall (I mean, he was a first-round pick in 2012). The Bucs are going into a matchup where they need perfect health at safety, and Barron has made some plays this season despite a number of lapses in coverage.