The Buccaneers will travel to New England to face the Patriots on “Sunday Night Football,” and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles left the door open when asked if Sherman could play.
“It’s still early. We’ve still got a lot of injuries to go over and everything else like that. But he’s practicing and we’re letting him learn some things, so in case he has to, he can go out there and function at a high level and do the right things,” Bowles said, per a team-provided transcript.
Bowles did make it seem that Sherman, who played just five games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, has some work to do physically. The former All-Pro tore his Achilles, but reportedly dropped 15 pounds this offseason.
“(He’s) smart. I’m still observing him. He’s got to get into football shape, obviously. But I’ve watched him play for a long time — he’s still smart, savvy and understands the ballgame,” Bowles said. “He’s just got to get his legs under him.”
Sherman joined a Tampa Bay secondary looking to overcome injuries to Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean.