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Tampa Bay Buccaneers put starting CB Carlton Davis on IR with quad injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers put starting CB Carlton Davis on IR with quad injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (24), shown Oct. 8, 2020, was carted off the field during last week's win over the New England Patriots. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed starting cornerback Carlton Davis on injured reserve Thursday, the team announced.

Davis was carted off the field during the Buccaneers' 19-17 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night because of a quad injury. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he expected Davis to miss a significant amount of time due to the injury.

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The 24-year-old Davis now joins fellow cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting on IR. Murphy-Bunting has been sidelined since Week 1 because of a dislocated elbow, and he also isn't expected to return soon.

In need of cornerback help, the Buccaneers signed veteran Richard Sherman last week. He ended up playing 58 of 59 defensive snaps against the Patriots, notching seven total tackles and a fumble recovery in Tampa Bay's victory.

Davis started the Bucs' first four games of the 2021 season. He recorded 15 total tackles, one interception and five passes defensed over those four matchups.

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The Buccaneers didn't announce a corresponding roster move after putting Davis on injured reserve, meaning the team has an open spot on the 53-man roster.

Tampa Bay is scheduled to play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

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