Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactives for Week 2 vs. Bears

  • Three rookies
  • A disgruntled running back
  • One of the best players on defense
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After spending the week riding the high of a Week 1 victory, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting back to business with a very winnable game against the Chicago Bears.

It's a matchup, however, that will see the Bucs without some key players on defense.

The Bucs managed to begin the season relatively healthy and thankfully avoided some big scares in Week 1. Both Devin White and Lavonte David went down during the win over the Vikings but neither players ended up being seriously injured. Rookie Calijah Kancey wasn't so lucky and left the game after just a few plays.

Kancey will miss Week 2's showdown against the Bears, which marks the fourth game he's missed this season. The 19th overall pick didn't play at all during the preseason and will now miss his first regular season game of his career due to a calf injury.

He isn't the only Bucs player who won't be suiting up in Week 2.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactives for Week 2 vs. Chicago Bears

There aren't a ton of surprises on the inactive list for Tampa Bay this week, but that doesn't make some of the absences any easier to stomach.

No loss is bigger than starting cornerback Carlton Davis needing to sit out due to a toe injury. Zyon McCollum is stepping up to fill his spot in the lineup, and it's likely that he'll be tested by Justin Fields and the Bears passing attack.

D.J. Moore has been a Bucs killer over the years during his time in Carolina, and no one on the Bears knows Tampa Bay's defense better than him. He was a little quiet in his debut last week, but he's going up against a familiar foe and one that is putting a backup cornerback on him in coverage.

McCollum won't be on his own, as Antoine Winfield Jr is likely to help in coverage, but not having Davis puts the Bucs at an immediate disadvantage.

Here's the full list of Buccaneers inactives for Week 2:

  • SirVocea Dennis, LB
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB
  • Carlton Davis III, CB
  • Markees Watts, LB
  • Brandon Walton, LB
  • Payne Durham, TE
  • Calijah Kancey, DE

One notable name is Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who will be inactive for the second straight week. Vaughn is once again a healthy scratch, which is worth monitoring since he seemed displeased with his spot in the depth chart ahead of last week's game.

Vaughn skipped the Bucs first practice of the season, something Todd Bowles confirmed was an unexcused absence. It wasn't clear why he ghosted, but it doesn't take much speculation to land on Vaughn being upset with his role as the fourth-string running back.

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