Buccaneers defensive end George Johnson appeared in a career-high 16 games in 2014 for the Lions, but he made no starts. He mostly was a rotational pass rusher last year, but the job seemed to suit him well, as he totaled a career-best six sacks.
Seferian-Jenkins saw the practice field on a limited basis each day this week, but the tight end actually ended up with a doubtful tag despite being listed as questionable in the previous three weeks. At this point, it's unclear if Tampa Bay is expecting the 23-year-old to return to the field some time during the regular season. In the meantime, the Buccaneers' tight end group will continue to be led by the likes of Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers. Out of those two, it will be Stocker who gets the starting nod.
Ellerbe (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Ramon Humber and Hau'oli Kikaha will likely flank Stephone Anthony, who is easily the team's strongest IDP option at linebacker. Kikaha does have four sacks and three forced fumbles, but he's averaging just over four tackles per game. Once healthy, Ellerbe could perhaps re-enter the IDP conversation, though it seems more likely he'll have a part-time role.
Hawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons.
With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.