The Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactive list for their final game of the season against the New Orleans Saints is highlighted by the absence of starting safety Mark Barron.
Today's inactives: S Mark Barron, FB Lonnie Pryor, LB Dekoda Watson, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, DE Scott Solomon, DT Matthew Masifilo & G Carl Nicks.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 29, 2013
Barron was limited in practice all week with a hamstring injury and despite taking part in walkthroughs earlier this week, he has been deemed unfit to play. Barron also missed last weeks game against the St. Louis Rams, and despite murmurs he may play this week, he will have to sit out the season finale. Keith Tandy will take Barron’s spot in the starting lineup.
Joining Barron on the sidelines is Dekoda Watson, who has been unable to overcome his groin injury. He will be replace by special teams captain Adam Hayward.
Also of note is the absence of Ka’Lial Glaud. With Glaud out, the Bucs linebackers corps is going to be very thin today against the prominent Saints offense. With that in mind, Danny Lansanah is the only backup linebacker available today.
The Saints inactives are as follows according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett:
#Saints inactives: DL Tom Johnson, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, LB K.Dawson, CB Terrence Frederick, RB Travaris Cadet, WR Nick Toon, QB R.Griffin.
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) December 29, 2013
The Saints are at full force for today’s game in which they can clinch the NFC South title, if results in other games go their way. The Bucs, as has been the case for weeks now, are playing for nothing more than draft positioning.
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