Grimes picked up a groin injury during the week and is now listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Already shaky in the defensive backfield, Tampa Bay can't afford to lose its top cornerback for a matchup with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas in the Superdome. It appears that is what's going to happen, leaving some combination of Ryan Smith, Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart to fill in at cornerback alongside Vernon Hargreaves. The Saints shouldn't have much trouble chucking the ball around.
It appears that it is just general wear and tear that is keeping Grimes sidelined for the next few days, as there doesn't seem to be much concern from the Buccaneers regarding the defensive back's health. Coming off yet another strong campaign in 2017, Grimes is set to start at cornerback once again for Tampa Bay this season after re-signing with them this offseason.
Grimes, 34 years old, has refused to let his age get in the way of his productive ways. Last season, Grimes racked up 49 combines tackles to go along with three interceptions. Despite the impressive season, the Bucs remained stubborn this offseason in their negotiation tactics by refusing to sign Grimes to a long-term deal. Not only does Grimes figure to be a major component to the Tampa Bay defense in 2018, but the 12-year vet will likely be playing for another sizable contract.
Grimes compiled 49 tackles (44 solo) -- including two for loss -- three interceptions, one fumble recovery and 11 passes defensed over 13 games in 2017.
The 34-year-old's numbers were certainly on par with his recent seasons, especially when extrapolated over 16 games. Grimes showed he could still get his hands on the ball on a consistent basis, and the Buccaneers' pass defense, which ranked last in both total passing yards (4,169) and passing yards per game (261) allowed, tangibly missed his presence when he was sidelined for three games due to injury. Still playing at a reasonably high level despite being 11 seasons into his career, Grimes heads into unrestricted free agency with a chance to secure a starting job, or at worst, a nickel corner role, in Tampa or elsewhere in 2018.
Grimes posted three tackles (two solo) and recorded his third interception of the season in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.
The veteran defensive back was part of a secondary that allowed Matthew Stafford to rack up 381 passing yards, but he was able to grab his third interception of the season in the second quarter on a deep throw intended for Kenny Golladay. Grimes has logged all three picks in the last seven games, and one more interception over the final three contests would give him at least four for five consecutive seasons.
|4||9/30/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|6||10/14/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||57||51.0||6||0||4||37||9.2||31||1||24|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||49||44.0||5||0||3||67||22.3||39||0||11|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
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|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||1||37||1||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|