Gholston managed five tackles (two solo) and a fumble recovery in Monday night's 17-14 win over the Panthers.
Gholston spearheaded a depleted defensive line that was missing starters Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring), as well as emerging rotation end Noah Spence (shoulder). The four-year veteran also alertly jumped on a Derek Anderson fumble early in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 14, his first recovery of the season. Gholston has been solid to date in 2016 with 17 tackles (12 solo), a half-sack and Monday's fumble recovery, but could see the return of all three of his injured teammates after Tampa's Week 6 bye.
Gholston tallied six tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.
The 25-year-old turned in his best outing over the first three weeks, doubling his Week 2 rackle totals in the process. Gholston did not show up on the stat sheet at all in the opener against the Falcons, so he's significantly picked up the pace over the following two weeks. The boost in Gholston's numbers versus the Rams may have at least partly been due to Robert Ayers (ankle) missing the contest, a situation that could repeat itself in Week 4.
Gholston returned to practice Monday after missing time due to a family illness, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Gholston absence for Thursday's preseason opener and Saturday's practice due to the illness in his family illness was excused by the team, and now that he's back he should resume working with the first team defense. Entering his fourth season, the defensive end will look to improve on his 67 tackles and three sacks from 2015, both career highs.
After putting in a pair of limited practices, Gholston was upgraded to a full session Friday and will be in the lineup at left defensive end. On the season, he's recorded 64 tackles to go with three sacks.
William Gholston (hip) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Gholston has been a big part of Tampa Bay's strong run defense this season, tallying 64 tackles (44 solo) in 15 games. Of course, he only has three sacks and one forced fumble, after posting two sacks in each of his first two seasons.
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