Chris Goodwin returns to training for the Bucs

Tampa – For the first time since he tore a ligament in his right knee during a game against the Saints in December, Chris Goodwin returned Friday to training with the Bucks.

Goodwin arrived in full uniform and a brace on his right knee. He’s done some head-to-head runs, grabbed soccer balls, and done some road cuts while working solo but didn’t take part in team periods.

“It’s good to see him out there running, and getting some solo action,” Boss coach Todd Bowles said afterwards. “It’s always a plus when he’s in uniform.”

Godwin’s progress and recovery was good enough to prevent the Bucs from being listed as physically incapable of performing to start training camp so he wasn’t limited to just working with the coaching staff.

After the rehearsal, Bowles said he had no timetable for when Goodwin would return to full team work.

“We’re not going to speed him up, we’re just happy to see him in action now,” he said. “As it continues, we’ll see.”

Goodwin underwent surgery on January 3 to repair a torn anterior and collateral cruciate ligament that he sustained when injured by Saints Safety PJ Williams on December 19.

He finished the season with 98 catches, just eight shy of the one-season record for the franchise held by Keyshawn Johnson.

Three months into the injury, the Bucs marked the franchise on him for the second consecutive season, then signed him to a three-year, $60 million deal shortly thereafter.

Although Goodwin is not likely to play in pre-season games, Friday’s development is a good sign for Team Bock, who will hope Goodwin will be ready to play in the regular season opener on September 11 in Dallas.

“Our lockers are close together, and I saw him wearing his shoulder pads (Friday),” said receiver Cyril Grayson Jr. “I’m like, ‘It’s time?'” “It was just exciting to see him, to see how hard he has worked to come back and to be able to start coming back with the team, looking for the best.

“I’m glad he’ll be ready – I hope – for the first week.”

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