As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt to save their season in the coming weeks, the last thing the team needs is an injury to a key player.
Despite a slow start to the year, Rachaad White has become exactly that — both a key player and a guy the Bucs are monitoring for a potential injury ahead of Week 12. White was added to the injury report on Saturday, being downgraded from healthy to questionable with a knee issue.
It’s unclear when the injury was suffered, but White had been clear of the injury report all week until the day before Sunday’s game in Indianapolis. He made the trip with the team, which was the first good sign, but Bucs fans have been nervously waiting for news over the last 24 hours.
Buccaneers inactives list for Week 12 vs. Colts
After White was added to the injury list on Saturday, NFC South beat writer Greg Auman made sure to clarify that things might not be as bad as they seemed.
That good news was backed up by ESPN’s Jeremey Fowler, who reported that White is expected to play despite his last minute addition to the injury report.
Had White not been able to play, the Bucs would have leaned on a trio of running backs including Chase Edmonds, Sean Tucker, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn — all three with a lot to prove. Edmonds has been solid as a backup this year, but both Tucker and Vaughn have struggled to do a ton with the carries they’ve been given.
Another name to have kept an eye on this week was safety Ryan Neal. He missed last Sunday’s game against the Niners but trended toward playing throughout practice this week.
Perhaps most devestating is the loss of Lavonte David and Jamel Dean, both of whom will be inactive after suffering injuries last week against the 49ers. It’s a huge blow to the Bucs defense, one that will need to step up against a sneaky Colts offense.
Here’s the Buccaneers inactives for today’s game against the Colts:
- Lavonte David, LB
- Jamel Dean, CB
- Mike Greene, DL
- Cam Gill, LB
- Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB
- John Wolford, QB
As has been the case the last few weeks, John Wolford is technically active. If Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask both get injured, Wolford can be activated during the game as an emergency quarterback. He’s not eligible to play unless both quarterbacks ahead of him get ruled out for the game, though.