Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Jordan Whitehead (33) during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs S Jordan Whitehead (hamstring) out Thursday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting safety Jordan Whitehead will miss Thursday night’s opener against the Dallas Cowboys with a hamstring injury.

Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Whitehead’s absence on Tuesday and said everyone else on the active roster is “ready to roll.”

Mike Edwards is expected to start in Whitehead’s place when the Bucs begin their Super Bowl defense at Raymond James Stadium.

A fourth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2018, Whitehead started all 16 games last season and registered 74 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He added nine tackles and two forced fumbles in four postseason games.

Whitehead, 24, has 219 tackles and three picks in 45 career games (41 starts).

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Jordan Whitehead (33) during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs place Jordan Whitehead on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put safety Jordan Whitehead on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Multiple outlets reported that Whitehead was not present during the Buccaneers’ trip to the White House on Tuesday or the team’s ring ceremony two days later.

Whitehead, 24, played a large role in leading Tampa Bay to glory last season before undergoing shoulder surgery after Super Bowl LV.

He sustained a shoulder injury in the third quarter of the Buccaneers’ 31-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 24.

Whitehead started all 16 games during the regular season and recorded 74 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He has 219 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and two fumble recoveries in 45 career games (41 starts) since being selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 24, 2021, Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones (33) fumbles thebasl after being drilled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Jordan Whitehead (33,white) during the third quarter of their NFC Championship game Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Tampa recovered  the ball and scored on the next play. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers 31-26. Mandatory credit: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Reports: Bucs’ Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) to play vs. Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead is expected to play in Super Bowl LV on Sunday despite nursing a shoulder injury.

Whitehead, 23, sustained the injury in the third quarter of Tampa Bay’s 31-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 24. He was limited in practices on Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant on Friday.

Multiple media outlets reported that Whitehead has a torn labrum and will require surgery after the game. He is expected to wear a protective harness when the Buccaneers face the Kansas City Chiefs.

Whitehead recorded 74 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 16 games during the regular season.

He has 219 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and two fumble recoveries in 45 career games (41 starts) since being selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Jordan Whitehead (33) forces a fumble by Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field . Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs S Whitehead leaves with shoulder injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead exited Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter due to a left shoulder injury.

Whitehead was injured early in the quarter when he made a tackle on Green Bay running back Jamaal Williams.

Whitehead had five tackles and two forced fumbles before leaving. Earlier in the third quarter, he forced Packers running back Aaron Jones to fumble and Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White recovered to set up a touchdown that gave the Buccaneers a 28-10 lead.

Jones suffered a chest injury on the play in which he fumbled. The Packers say he is questionable to return. Jones has 27 yards on six rushes and four catches for 7 yards.

Green Bay defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster (ankle) also was injured in the third quarter. He was deemed questionable to return.

–Field Level Media