The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some serious injury issues on defense this week, as several key contributors are listed as questionable for a game against the 7-1 Seattle Seahawks.
Here is the full injury report, courtesy of the Bucs’ official website.
The players who are out should come as no surprise. Jeff Demps continues to recover from groin surgery, Carl Nicks is still out after having surgery to remove MRSA from his foot, and Doug Martin is probably not as close to returning as the Buccaneers would like for the fans to think.
It’s the questionable players which should raise concerns for the Buccaneers as they seek their first victory.
Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson have both been shaky this year in pass coverage, but they’re both very good players and will be sorely missed if they can’t play. Keith Tandy and Kelcie McCray are not capable backups.
And Dekoda Watson has silently been one of the better players on defense for the Bucs, holding down the third spot in what has been an impressive linebacking corps. He has a solid built-in replacement in Jonathan Casillas, but Watson would still be missed.
Chris Owusu’s injury means Tiquan Underwood will likely be the second wide receiver across from Vincent Jackson.