The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the services of Keith Tandy (concussion) and Mike Williams (hamstring) against the Carolina Panthers, but they will be without one key member of their secondary.
Bucs’ inactives: RB Doug Martin, RB Jeff Demps, S Dashon Goldson, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, WR Chris Owusu and DT Derek Landri.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) October 24, 2013
Goldson’s absence hurts against a team with a talented quarterback and a big play receiver. Can the Bucs can cope with the Carolina passing attack with Tandy and Kelcie McCray at safety?
It’s going to be a long night if those two can’t help Mark Barron and keep deep plays in front of them.
As well, the expected members of the offense are out. Jeff Demps, Doug Martin, and Carl Nicks will all sit out. But one slightly unexpected absence on offense is Chris Owusu, meaning Tiquan Underwood and Eric Page will have a bigger task tonight for the Tampa Bay offense.
And for the Panthers? Nothing stands out for this relatively healthy team.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 24, 2013
The Panthers will not have running back Jonathan Stewart, who remains on the PUP list as he recovers from an ankle injury. But other than that, they will have Steve Smith and Greg Olsen active despite their presence on the injury report this week.