Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead exited Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter due to a left shoulder injury but is adamant he will recover in time to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.
Whitehead made that declaration even though he doesn't yet know the severity of the injury.
"Most definitely," Whitehead said after Tampa Bay's 31-26 victory. "The Super Bowl is once in a lifetime, whatever it takes to be back."
Whitehead said he will learn more about his injury over the next few days.
Whitehead had five tackles and two forced fumbles before leaving after making a tackle on Green Bay running back Jamaal Williams in the third quarter.
Earlier in the quarter, he forced Packers running back Aaron Jones to fumble and Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White recovered to set up a touchdown that gave the Buccaneers a 28-10 lead.
Jones suffered a chest injury on the play in which he fumbled and didn't return. Jones has 27 yards on six rushes and four catches for 7 yards.
Green Bay defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster (ankle) also was injured in the third quarter.
As for Whitehead, the third-year pro has forced just one fumble in 45 regular-season games (41 starts). He had 74 tackles and two interceptions in the 2020 regular season.
Watching wasn't easy for the 23-year-old.
"It was hard to be on the sidelines but I knew my brothers would step up and have my back," Whitehead said.
--Field Level Media