The Buccaneers were but by the injury bug during Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins. The team had several players leave with injuries.
Running back Mike James left the game with a right shoulder injury in the third quarter. He finished 18 yards on three carries and did not return.
Defensive end William Gholston also suffered a shoulder injury and did not return. Defensive back Rashaan Melvin suffered an ankle injury was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Linebacker Brandon Magee was carted off with a right ankle injury and safety Major Wright exited with a back injury.
Buccaneers defensive back Bradley McDougald suffered a knee injury during the first half of Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, and was unable to return to the game. The extent of the injury is not yet known at this point.
Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas didn't factor into many plays in Week 12, but he came up with one big one in a 20-16 win over the Dolphins. Thomas ended Miami's first drive of the game when he picked off quarterback Ryan Tannehill for his first career interception. He added one tackle in the game.
Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse, the team announced Friday.