The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the season opener without their best cornerback after ruling Brent Grimes out for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple reports Saturday.
Grimes, 35, suffered a strained groin during Friday’s practice and was not on the team’s flight to New Orleans on Saturday.
Grimes was not listed on the injury report this week before Friday’s development. Neither was cornerback De’Vante Harris, who was picked up on waivers from the Saints last month. He has been placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injur, which further limits Tampa Bay’s depth against Drew Brees and the Saints.
Rookie cornerback M.J. Stewart practiced in full after being limited Wednesday and Thursday and is expected to play. He and fellow second-rounder Carlton Davis should join Vernon Hargreaves in the rotation Sunday.
The Buccaneers also elevated corner Javien Elliott from the practice squad.
Grimes has missed just four games over the last five seasons since tearing his Achilles in 2012, although three of those games came last season with a shoulder issue. The 12th-year veteran was looking to make his 120th career start Sunday.
–Field Level Media