Tampa Bay Buccanneers' CB Sean Murphy-Bunting Suffers Dislocated Elbow Injury

The Tampa Bay Buccanneers lost veteran cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting to injury during the first quarter of the first game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys last night.

The 24-year-old suffered a dislocated elbow injury during an attempt to punch the ball out of Cowboys' wide receiver CeeDee Lamb's hands before being stapled between fellow Buccanneers' safety Antoine Winfield Jr. The hit and awkward landing not only resulted in the loss of the Bucs' starting cornerback but also lead to a 22-yard touchdown for Lamb and the Cowboys'.

Buccaneers' head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Murphy-Bunting's dislocated elbow injury in the post-game presser but remained hopeful that he would make a swift recovery, "I think Sean is going to be okay," Arians told reporters. "It's a dislocated elbow but I think he's going to be alright." With coach Arians' confidence in his recovery, Murphy-Bunting should make a return before the end of the season but until further tests are done the injury timetable is currently indefinite.

A rough start to his third season with the Buccanneers, the 2019 2nd round draft pick started 13 out of 16 games in 2020 for a total of 70 tackles, three pass defends, and one interception. Before leaving last night's game, he made two tackles and was replaced by Ross Cockrell who totaled six tackles in the game. Yet, even without Murphy-Bunting, the reigning Super-Bowl Champion Buccanneers were able to squeak by with a 31-29 win to start the season 1-0. 

Sean Murphy-Bunting took to Twitter after the game to reassure fans that he is in good spirits about the first win of the season and that he'll be back shortly!
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