TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training staff has given quarterback Baker Mayfield the green light to play against the San Francisco 49ers despite a thumb injury, according to a source close to the team.
Mayfield injured his thumb during the Buccaneers’ victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but subsequent examinations revealed no significant issues. The injury occurred when Mayfield’s thumb collided with a helmet in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Todd Bowles confirmed Mayfield’s availability for the upcoming game, stating, “Yeah, Baker’s good.” Mayfield himself expressed confidence in his condition, saying, “It feels good.” He threw two touchdowns in the game against the Titans, following a strong performance of 37 points in a loss to the Houston Texans last week.
With a current record of 4-5, the Buccaneers are still in contention in the highly competitive NFC South. However, they face a formidable challenge this week against the 49ers, who defeated them 35-7 in their previous encounter.
Bowles praised Mayfield’s contributions to the team, both in terms of performance and leadership. Mayfield has seamlessly taken over the reins from legendary quarterback Tom Brady, showcasing his skills in the new offensive system. So far, he has thrown 14 touchdowns with just five interceptions.
“It was a great fit for us,” Bowles commented on Mayfield’s impact. “Him coming here, understanding the offense and performing at this level, it’s beyond our expectations. We are delighted to have him, and I believe it’s a perfect match.”
Buccaneers’ Baker Mayfield Cleared to Play Despite Thumb Injury: Ready to Take on 49ers