Buccaneers’ WR Chris Godwin OUT vs. NY Giants

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin suffered a broken hand in Sunday’s Tampa Bay victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, and will miss Monday’s game against NY Giants

The NY Giants defense caught a significant break Tuesday, with news that one of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be without one of the team’s most dangerous offensive weapons in next Monday night’s game at MetLife Stadium.

Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin suffered a fractured finger while catching a touchdown pass against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday that required surgery.

It has been a rough season for Godwin, who suffered a concussion in Week 2, and two more games due to a hamstring injury.

Still, Godwin has proven to be one of the most reliable weapons in Tampa’s offense, catching 25 of his 29 targets this season for 279 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 11.2 yards per reception.

Prior to getting injured Sunday, Godwin caught all nine of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown, including a 23-yard reception.

The Giants’ secondary will still have its hands full against Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who have helped power Brady to an MVP caliber start to the season.

Tampa Bay enters Sunday’s game at 5-2, with a half-game lead over the New Orleans Saints atop the NFC South Division standings.

Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.