Ayers (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Ayers didn't practice in any capacity this week. Noah Spence will start in his place.
Ayers (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
Ayers has yet to practice since getting in a limited session back on Oct. 6 and hasn't played since exiting the Week 2 tilt versus the Cardinals with his injury. With fellow lineman Clinton McDonald (hamstring) not practicing and Gerald McCoy (calf) still limited, the Bucs could find themselves significantly short-handed again in Week 7 versus the Niners. Ayers' progress will be checked again following Thursday's session.
This status is unsurprising considering Ayers was unable to participate in practice during the week. Noah Spence figures to fill in on the right side of the defensive line, and Howard Jones could see an increased role providing depth as well.
Ayers has not practiced at all this week which suggests that he may not be available for Monday's contest. Due to the nature of ankle injuries, the expectation is that he'll be forced to watch from the sideline, but ultimately that decision won't be made until game time. If he's unable to give it ago, DaVonte Lambert could see an increase in snaps.
Ayers (ankle) is not a participant at Saturday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ayers' chances at playing Monday against the Panthers don't look promising at this point, having missed practice both Friday and Saturday. If he's held out, Noah Spence (shoulder) figures to get the start at defensive end given he avoids any setbacks to his injury throughout the weekend.
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