The Buccaneers are back at Raymond James Stadium today for a 1:00 p.m. game with the Lions. Here, we have the inactive reports for both teams.
At 4-8, the Buccaneers are already in last place in the NFC South and staring at a top ten draft pick. Today, they take on a Lions team that is still fighting for their playoff lives. On Friday afternoon, Vernon Hargreaves, Clinton McDonald, Josh Robinson and T.J. Ward were all ruled out for the game. On the other side of the good news vs. bad news spectrum, Doug Martin was a full participant in practice after missing last week with a concussion. For Detroit, quarterback Matthew Stafford was listed as questionable with an injury to his throwing hand. Here is the full list of inactives for today’s contest:
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CB- Vernon Hargreaves
DT- Clinton McDonald
DB- Josh Robinson
S- T.J. Ward
QB- Ryan Griffin
OL- Mike Liedtke
WR- Bobo Wilson
WR- Bradley Marquez
RB- Ameer Abdullah
CB- Jamal Agnew
LB- Nick Bellore
T- Rick Wagner
With Hargreaves and Ward still out, the depth of the Buccaneer secondary will be tested again this week. Ryan Smith will continue to fill in on the other side of Brent Grimes, while Justin Evans will be getting another chance to make an impact. An already-thin defensive front will be without McDonald this week, which will make Gerald McCoy‘s job even more difficult. The defense has played poorly enough when healthy, so a banged-up unit is not a fun prospect for the Bucs.
Since Stafford is healthy enough to play, Tampa Bay will have a tough task in stopping the Detroit offense. One positive for the Bucs, though, is that the Lions are without Abdullah, their leading rusher.
Offensively for the Bucs, there are no surprises. Doug Martin is back in the lineup, which means he could be getting the bulk of the carries at the expense of Peyton Barber. Barber ran for 102 yards last week, so seeing his role decrease would be disappointing. Joe Hawley is active, but the offensive line will stay the same as last week with Evan Smith at center and Caleb Benenoch at right tackle.
Despite the loss last week, the Bucs were in it until the very end. Throughout 2017, the Buccaneer defense has played better in front of the home fans. Perhaps that trend will continue Sunday, but if it does, it will be without some key players.
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