The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense may be shorthanded for their Week 12 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The initial injury report for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 12 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers released on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay had a long list of injuries. Star players on both sides of the ball landed on the list. Most of the players who didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice were on the defensive side of the ball.
Tampa Bay’s secondary enters the week extremely banged up. M.J. Stewart, Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead didn’t practice. There’s still plenty of time for them to return to practice, but even third-string quarterback Nick Mullens will be able to torch the secondary with that many injuries.
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Jason Pierre-Paul and Lavonte David weren’t able to practice as well. David wasn’t able to play in last week’s contest in New York. His lack of presence was apparent as the Saquon Barkley ran all over the Bucs.
If both are unable to go against the 49ers, look for running back Matt Breida to cause significant problems on the ground.
The remainder of the Bucs injury report is littered with players that were either limited or participated fully. All in all, 14 Buccaneers landed on Wednesday’s report.
Here is the Bucs full list:
Did not participate: Pierre-Paul, David, Evans, Stewart, Whitehead
San Francisco enters the week looking healthy on paper. Wideout Pierre Garcon, guard Joshua Garnett, and Joe Staley were unable to practice, but aside from them, only two other players appeared on the report.
Plus, Staley had no injury designation, so it was likely due to veteran’s rest.