Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers: Week 13 Inactives
Much has been said this week about the Buccaneers and whether they should or shouldn’t tank; should or shouldn’t start Jameis Winston. Time for talking is over, and the list of inactives has been revealed.
When the Buccaneers and Packers face-off in just a short time from now, there will be some players who don’t get to participate on the field of play. This is the NFL way. Most are injured. If the team is lucky, they get to make some healthy scratches.
Here are the players who won’t be dressing for both sides.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
GREEN BAY PACKERS
20 CB Kevin King
44 CB Donatello Brown
62 G Lucas Patrick
77 G/T Adam Pankey
89 WR Michael Clark
90 DT Montravius Adams
98 LB Chris Odom
For the Bucs, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves will miss his third game since leaving their Week 10 game against the Jets with a hamstring injury. These kinds of injury are tough to heal from and easy to aggravate, so it’s no surprise he’s not going again.
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After suffering a concussion against the Falcons last week, running back Doug Martin will miss this week’s match-up in Green Bay as he missed practice all week in protocol. This means the Buccaneers will put Peyton Barber into the starting role, but I’d expect to see plenty of Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers as well.
Clinton McDonald’s absence should open the door to possibly seeing Sealver Siliga for the first time since Week 6. Siliga hasn’t recorded a stat since the Vikings game in Week 3, but he’ll likely be called upon in what could be a big opportunity for him to show his ability to stay on the roster moving into 2018.
Being without Josh Robinson certainly hurts the team’s special teams ability, and combining this with T.J. Ward’s inactivation, brings further questions into Tampa’s secondary depth.
There were three guys who practiced in limited fashion on Friday. Cameron Brate, DeSean Jackson and Leonard Wester are all a go for today as the Bucs try to get a win in perhaps the most famous NFL stadium of all time.
As for the Packers, missing Kevin King and Ty Montgomery will certainly hurt from a depth and versatility standpoint.
Running back Aaron Jones is slowed by his own knee injury, but should still be featured quite a bit with the absence of his more agile counterpart. In total, the team has three rookies carrying their running back group, including Jamaal Williams out of BYU and Devante Mays from Utah State.
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Damarious Randall is going to be active with a knee injury, and will try to help his team eat up some of the depth issues they’ll be missing without King.
Three Green Bay linebackers have been dealing with injuries with Clay Matthews’ groin giving him problems, Ahmad Brooks dealing with back issues, and Nick Perry experience problems with a foot injury.
Perry was expected to be a go since early in the week, but Matthews and Brooks’ statuses were a little murkier until today. Fellow linebacker, Blake Martinez, figures to get plenty of playing time today as the team looks to keep their banged-up players healthy and rested throughout the contest.
These are the inactives, and my thoughts about them. What are yours? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook, or find me on Twitter!
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