Oct 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano talks to wide receiver Mike Williams (19) in the game against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Buccaneers 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Report: Doug Martin, Carl Nicks Out Against Carolina


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released their weekly injury report ahead of Thursday night’s game, and it doesn’t feature much good news for Bucs fans looking for that elusive first win.

Here are the players listed on the injury report, courtesy of the Bucs’ website.

Player Position Injury Status
Adams, Michael CB Knee Probable
Barron, Mark S Hip Probable
Bowers, Da’Quan DE Toe Probable
Crabtree, Tom TE Ankle Probable
Demps, Jeff RB Groin Out
Goldson, Dashon S Knee Questionable
Joseph, Davin G Knee Probable
Martin, Doug RB Shoulder Out
Nicks, Carl G Foot Out
Owusu, Chris WR Foot Questionable
Spence, Akeem DL Wrist Probable
Tandy, Keith S Concussion Probable
Williams, Mike WR Hamstring Questionable

 

Carl Nicks and Jeff Demps were ruled out earlier in the week, as they’re both recovering from surgery and may not be available for quite a while. These players will continue to be a big loss for the Tampa Bay offense.

The loss of Doug Martin for Thursday night is also troubling, as the Bucs offense faces a tough enough task against a very good Carolina defense. We’ve discussed Martin’s injury situation on the site previously, so check out those articles by clicking either here or here.

As for the players listed as questionable, the continued presence of Mike Williams on this list indicates that the highly-paid Tampa Bay wideout is playing through a nagging hamstring injury that just isn’t going away. The Bucs website indicated that he did not practice fully on Tuesday, a sign that Williams is not 100 percent healthy.

Likewise, the questionable status of Dashon Goldson means the “day-to-day” knee injury he suffered against the Falcons hasn’t reached its day of being “100 percent” just yet, and he may miss out on a game where his defense will face a deep threat in Steve Smith.

Also, Keith Tandy’s concussion could lead to a serious lack of depth at safety if he were to suffer any setbacks. It will be very interesting to see if Keith is alright for Thursday night’s game, because a four-day turnaround from a concussion seems like a very tight timeline of recovery.

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