NEW ORLEANS, La. — The injuries toquarterback ‘s offensive line continue to mount, with left tackle , who was filling in for starter , leaving Sunday’s game at the in the second quarter with a calf injury.
Defensive linemanalso was ruled out against the Saints after suffering a foot injury when taking on a double team against and when outside linebacker Shaq Barrett knocked the ball loose from ‘s hands, forcing a fumble.
Wells suffered the injury in the second quarter with two minutes to go before the half. After pass blocking against, he came off the field with a noticeable limp. Smith, who is missing just his third game in eight seasons, suffered a hyperextended right elbow last week at the .
Hicks is part of a rotation of defensive linemen that includes rookie second-round draft pick.
Wells’ replacement is, a third-string tackle who originally signed with the as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and had been claimed off waivers from the and signed to the Bucs’ practice squad last year.
Making matters worse, the Bucs entered Sunday’s game without Pro Bowl wide receiversand , both due to hamstring injuries, and they have struggled to run the ball with running back .
Things reached a boiling point in the third quarter, when Brady threw a tablet on the sideline out of frustration. It was the second time in four regular-season games against the Saints that Brady has thrown a tablet.