McDonald (pectoral) is inactive for Sunday's contest in Atlanta. McDonald has posted a helpful 31 tackles (21 solo) from defensive tackle, but his absence opens the door for Akeem Spence and Henry Melton to pick up snaps in the middle of the Buccaneers' defensive front.
McDonald (pectoral) is doubtful for Sunday. It doesn't appear as if McDonald will be able to play Sunday however the Buccaneers have yet to officially rule out their run-stuffing defensive tackle. With fellow defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (groin) also listed as doubtful on the team's official injury report, Tampa Bay could be without two of their top defensive tackles when they take on Devonta Freeman and the Falcons Sunday.
McDonald (pectoral) was unable to practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers official site reports. The defensive tackle's chances of suiting up in Week 8 against the Falcons look to be trending downward after a second consecutive missed practice. McDonald's stout run-stuffing presence would be missed against Devonta Freeman and the Falcons in Week 8 were he to be sidelined. Friday will likely provide a more or less definitive answer on McDonald's prospects for taking the field Sunday.
McDonald (pectoral) missed practice Wednesday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers official site reports. McDonald has been a highly productive member of the Bucs' defensive line, and any prolonged absence on his end would have a negative impact on a defense that is still finding its way. The veteran defensive tackle has tallied an impressive 31 tackles on the season, including three behind the line of scrimmage. McDonald's status for Week 8 will be made a bit clearer after Thursday's practice session.
The Buccaneers ruled running back Bobby Rainey (wrist) as probable for Sunday's game against the Packers. He was the only player on Tampa Bay's final injury report for Week 16 deemed probable. Safety Major Wright (ribs) was ruled out. Meanwhile, the following players were deemed questionable: Cornerback Isaiah Frey (ankle), linebacker Mason Foster (Achilles), safety Dashon Goldson (shin), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (hamstring), tackle Kevin Pamphile (ankle) and wide receiver Solomon Patton (foot).