OCTOBER 25: Edmonds will come off IR ahead of Thursday night’s Bills matchup, the Bucs announced. The passing-down back will make a quick return from an MCL sprain, missing the minimum four games. Edmonds will be Tampa Bay’s first IR activation this season. To make room on their 53-man roster, the Bucs waived cornerback Derrek Pitts.
OCTOBER 23: The Buccaneers have struggled in the run game this year, but reinforcements in the backfield could be coming soon. Chase Edmonds was designated for return from injured reserve, the team announced on Monday.
The move opens Edmonds’ 21-day practice window. He must be activated within that span to avoid reverting to season-ending IR. With Tampa Bay set to play on Thursday night, however, it will be interesting to see if he is brought back in time for Week 8.
Edmonds suffered an MCL sprain in Week 2, and he has been sidelined ever since. His IR stint forced him to miss a minimum of four games, and his absence has left the Buccaneers without an experienced option in the backfield. Edmonds, 27, has played 72 games in his career, one which included time in Arizona, Miami and Denver prior to this season.
The Buccaneers signed the former fourth-rounder to a league minimum deal after he was released by the Broncos, giving him the opportunity to carve out a role in a Tampa backfield which faced plenty question marks entering the season. Improving the ground game was a source for improvement compared to last season, but so far the Bucs rank 29th in the league with an average of just under 78 rushing yards per game. 2022 third-rounder Rachaad White comfortably leads the team in rushing, 234 yards ahead of the next-closest running back (Ke’Shawn Vaughn).
Bringing back Edmonds – who received only two touches in each of his games this season – will use the first of Tampa Bay’s eight allocated IR activations. He will aim to give the team another option in the running game, an area of the offense which, like in 2022, still has plenty of room for improvement.