Whitehead suffered an undisclosed injury Sunday and is unlikely to return to the game, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Whitehead's injury came late in Sunday's game against Carolina. It appeared the injury was to his arm but the team has yet to confirm any specifics. Expect more information on his status as it becomes available.
Whitehead totaled seven tackles (six solo) and two defensed passes in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday. Whitehead checked in second only to Kevin Minter in tackles on the afternoon, but part of the reason for his production was the 26 completions the Buccaneers secondary allowed to Teddy Bridgewater. It was the second poor game for the back end of Tampa's defense overall, but Whitehead has at least offered fantasy managers some decent IDP value thus far with 26 tackles (20 solo), one interception and six defensed passes overall through five games.
Whitehead recorded a pair of solo tackles and an interception in Sunday's 55-40 win over the host Rams. The 22-year-old safety, on top of securing his first interception of 2019, recorded three pass deflections as part of Sunday's win. The high-scoring affair, resulting in more plays than usual from scrimmage, saw Whitehead on the field for 92 defensive plays (99 total). After the win over Los Angeles, Whitehead is up to 19 tackles, an interception, and four pass deflections.
Whitehead totaled six tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed in the Buccaneers' 20-14 win over the Panthers on Thursday. Whitehead now has an impressive 14 stops over the first two games of the campaign, as he looks set to build on an impressive rookie season in 2018. One of Whitehead's three solo tackles Thursday was especially impressive, as he tripped up Cam Newton in the open field for no gain on a 4th-and-1 play at the Buccaneers' 47-yard line in the first quarter. Whitehead looks set to continue offering solid tackle production moving forward, although he's still in search of his first NFL interception through 17 career games.
Whitehead compiled eight tackles (seven solo) in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Whitehead's tackle total paced the Buccaneers for the afternoon, as the second-year safety picked up right where he left off last season despite Sunday serving as his first game in coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme. Whitehead should remain active on the tackle front throughout the season as long he keeps a hold on the starting free safety job, which could come to pass even upon Justin Evans' (Achilles) return to action if the latter fills the strong safely role.
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