Report: Bucs 'hopeful' Vernon Hargreaves III (groin) only misses 2-3 weeks
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By Luke Easterling

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already dealt with some frustrating injuries during training camp, and their preseason opener brought yet another one.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III left Thursday night’s game with a groin strain, and didn’t return. Now, it’s looking like his absence could end up stretching close to the regular season, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:

A first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Florida product has struggled to live up to the expectations of being a top-15 selection. Injuries and inconsistent play have kept Hargreaves dangerously close to earning the “bust” label, and his latest ailment won’t help his case.

Look for second-round rookies M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis, both of whom have had stellar performances throughout training camp, to take advantage of his absence.

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