For Tom Brady to succeed his offensive line needs to keep him safe in the pocket. That's going to be a tall task against Monday's Rams-Cardinals winner.
Star offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs suffered an injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He tried to reenter the game, but was clearly not 100 percent and had to exit a second time.
There's some concern Wirfs won't be available for the Divisional Round.
Bruce Arians provided an update on Monday.
"Bruce Arians says T Tristan Wirfs is in a boot right now for his injured ankle but that Wirfs is very tough and has a chance to play next Sunday," says
Bruce Arians says T Tristan Wirfs is in a boot right now for his injured ankle but that Wirfs is very tough and has a chance to play next Sunday. Arians says the Bucs probably won't know on Wirfs and Ryan Jensen until Friday.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) January 17, 2022
">Buccaneers writer Scott Smith. "Arians says the Bucs probably won't know on Wirfs and Ryan Jensen until Friday."
This would be a significant setback for the Buccaneers.
The Cardinals and Rams both pride themselves on defensive line play. The Buccaneers will definitely need Wirfs.
Fans aren't very confident Wirfs will be able to play though.
"Wirfs could barely walk and was awful for the three snaps he played post-injury," a fan said.
"Both the Cardinals & Rams have guys up front who can make Brady’s life hell," another commented. "Bucs injury report this week will be everything!
"Rams DL giving them hell (if they play)," one fan said.
Tristan Wirfs' status will be a major question mark as the next round of the playoffs approaches.