As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare to hopefully pull off an upset over the San Francisco 49ers, some players will be watching the action from the sideline.
One of the most notable names on the inactives list is Ryan Neal. We knew ahead of time that he might be missing some action, as he was spotted earlier this week with a wrap on his hand at practice. The Bucs also signed former Bills safety Jaquan Johnson to add some depth, although he remains on the practice squad.
Neal has turned in a rough season so far, as he's made a name for himself among Bucs fans for how badly he's gotten burned. Almost every broken play has featured Neal somewhere in the vicinity if not directly at fault.
Todd Bowles has defended Neal, but it's clear he's fallen out of his head coach's graces lately. After getting testy with a reporter over Neal's mistakes, Bowles quietly started taking away playing time which has culminated in an injury holding him out of action.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactives for Week 11 vs. 49ers
Neal isn't the only notable player who has been struggling that wound up on the inactive list.
Running Back Ke'Shawn Vaughn is a healthy scratch for the second straight week, and for at least the fourth time this season. There was some doubt that he'd even make the final cut before the season started, but the Bucs decided to give him another shot and carried him into the regular season.
Vaughn didn't help himself by ghosting the team during practice ahead of Week 1 and his play hasn't been much better when given the chance to prove himself. Sean Tucker was a training camp darling who was briefly passed over in the middle of the season for Vaughn, but with Chase Edmonds healthy again it appears we know who the odd-man-out is.
Here's the full list of Buccaneers inactives ahead of Week 11's game:
- Ryan Neal, S
- Matt Feiler, OG
- Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB
- Cam Gill, LB
- David Wells, TE
- John Wolford, QB (Emergency QB)
Wolford has been inactive since being signed from the practice squad a few weeks ago. This doesn't mean he's out, though, as the new NFL rule allowing an emergency quarterback means he can play if things get truly dire.
In order for Worford to play, both Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask will have to be ruled out. If that's the case, Worford will be eligble to play, but that's the only way he can see the field.