Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) smiles and reacts after he intercepted the ball and ran it back for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mason Foster Out Versus Detroit Lions

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without Dashon Goldson on Sunday due to a suspension, but he’s not the only defensive starter who will miss out on the contest against the talented Detroit offense.

The Buccaneers released their official end-of-week injury report today, and in doing so revealed that Mason Foster will miss Sunday’s game with a concussion.

Here is the full list.

LB Mason Foster Concussion Out
G Cark Nicks Foot Out
CB Johnthan Banks Shoulder Probable
DE Da’Quan Bowers Concussion Probable
G Davin Joseph Knee Probable
G Jamon Meredith Ankle Probable
WR Chris Owusu Foot Probable
DT Akeem Spence Wrist Probable

It’s tough to say who will step in for Foster, or if it will even be one player filling his shoes. The Buccaneers may opt to be creative with their front seven as they were against the Falcons, rotating in Adam Hayward, Jonathan Casillas, and Dekoda Watson depending on the scheme and situation.

But without Goldson at safety, there will be a bit more strain on the defense when it comes to lining up in nickel and dime defenses. That means the linebackers who stay on the field for those formations must be in sync with the schemes and be capable in pass coverage. Mason Foster isn’t the best coverage linebacker ever, but he had a grasp of what the defense was looking to do as a starter and regular contributor. It will be interesting to see if the defense struggles with mistakes and breakdowns with two backups in the starting lineup.

Carl Nicks remains out, and no one else appears to be at risk for missing the game.

Here is the injury report for the Lions.

S Louis Delmas Knee Probable
DE Ezekiel Ansah Ankle Probable
DE Israel Idonije Knee Questionable
WR Calvin Johnson Knee Probable
TE Brandon Pettigrew Knee Probable
S Glover Quin Ankle Questionable
RB Joique Bell Achilles Questionable
CB Bill Bentley Knee Probable
WR Nate Burleson Forearm Probable
DT Andre Fluellen Thigh Probable
CB Jonte Green Illness Probable
T Corey Hilliard Knee Probable
G Larry Warford Shoulder Probable

There are a lot of important players on this list for Detroit, but nearly all of them are listed as probable. The big names listed as questionable, Bell and Quin, would be frustrating losses for the Lions, but it seems as if their other main stars are healthy and ready to go for Sunday’s game.

(Both injury reports obtained from the Detroit Lions website.)

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