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Report: Bucs' Wirfs to miss 3-4 weeks with ankle injury

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers right tackle Tristan Wirfs is expected to be out for three-to-four weeks with an ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Wirfs was carted from the field and it initially appeared as though his injury could be season-ending, but his postgame X-rays were reportedly negative.

Based on the All-Pro's timeline, he should be able to return before the end of the regular season.

However, it's still a significant blow to the struggling Bucs, who sit atop the NFC South despite a disappointing 5-6 record.

The 5-7 Atlanta Falcons are a game behind Tampa Bay, while the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints remain in contention for the division title despite 4-8 records.

Josh Wells will likely fill in at right tackle in Wirfs' absence.

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