Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th101.0 (24th)245.4 (16th)
Defense23rd117.2 (22nd)250.8 (22nd)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
01/26/17DBJude Adjei-BarimahUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEAdjei-Barimah was placed on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay times reports.

Adjei-Barimah recently returned from a four-game suspension but injuries prevented him from practicing regularly and playing in Week 16. The team should move on in his absence without issue.

(Updated 12/26/2016)
01/26/17LBDevante BondHamstringQUESTIONABLEBond (hamstring) has been placed on IR, Buccaneers' writer Scott Smith reports.

Bond had practiced fully for the past two weeks but was ultimately ruled out of the team's first two games. It's unclear what the specifics of his injury are but it's unlikely he plays at all this season. Josh Keyes was resigned to fill Bond's spot.

(Updated 09/23/2016)
01/26/17TECameron BrateBackQUESTIONABLEBrate (back) finished his 2016 campaign with 57 receptions (81 targets) for 660 yards and eight touchdowns.

The third-year tight end was thrust into the starter's role after the release of the mercurial Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sept. 23, and excelled in that capacity before going down with a season-ending back injury on Christmas Eve versus the Saints. Brate had already displayed the beginnings of a solid rapport with QB Jameis Winston during the latter's rookie campaign in 2015, and the pair picked up where they'd left off once Brate ascended to the top of the depth chart. The sure-handed Harvard product became an especially valuable commodity as the Bucs increasingly got thinner at the receiver position due to injury and was particularly effective as a red-zone option, tying Mike Evans for targets in that area of the field (19). He hauled in 12 of those looks for a team-best 63.2 percent red-zone catch rate, 10 of which went for touchdowns. With nearly a full season of starting experience now under his belt and only 25 years of age, the 6'5 Brate looks primed to serve as a highly viable commodity all over the field for seasons to come.

(Updated 01/09/2017)
01/26/17WRDonteea DyeAnkleQUESTIONABLEDye (ankle) underwent surgery on his injured ankle Monday, ESPN reports.

After injuring his ankle in practice, Dye was placed on injured reserve in mid-December. While his procedure Monday required screws to re-set a ligament in his ankle and will sideline the receiver for about six weeks, Dye should be ready in time for summer OTAs.

(Updated 01/02/2017)
01/26/17WRVincent JacksonKneeQUESTIONABLEJackson (knee) finished the 2016 season with 15 receptions (31 targets) for 173 yards and no scores.

The 33-year-old's season was cut short in mid-October with a knee injury originally feared to be a torn ACL. While that worst-case scenario was later confirmed to be unfounded, Jackson was ruled out for the season in mid-November, potentially the final transaction involving the Bucs and the veteran receiver. Jackson is now an unrestricted free agent, and after topping out at four receptions and 44 yards in any the five games he was active for during the 2016 campaign, he appears to be a long shot to return. Jackson remains in superb physical condition, but didn't seem capable of getting downfield with the same level of success as in years past, with an 18-yard reception in Week 4 representing his longest of the season. If 2016 was indeed Jackson's swang song in Tampa, he wraps up his five-season Bucs career with 268 receptions for 4,326 yards and 20 touchdowns. His tenure included three 1,000-yard seasons, but his yardage totals did drop in each campaign. However, presuming his knee is back at full strength heading into the summer, Jackson could well latch on with a team looking for veteran receiver help.

(Updated 01/10/2017)
01/26/17DLGeorge JohnsonHipQUESTIONABLEJohnson has been placed on IR after injuring his hip in Thursday's practice.

Johnson played in 11 games for Tampa Bay last year, recording 23 tackles in two forced fumbles while seeing the field for 39.4 percent of the teams defensive snaps. It's unclear what exactly his hip injury is at this point, but it was enough for the team to officially end his season just a day after the injury. With him out, look for Cliff Matthews and Jacquies Smith to see some extra reps with the second unit.

(Updated 08/05/2016)
01/26/17DLHoward JonesKneeQUESTIONABLEJones (knee) was officially placed on the IR Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.

Jones injured his knee in Week 8's game agaisnt the Falcons. The 26-year-old had recorded three tackles on the season. Channing Ward, DaVonte Lambert, and Noah Spnce will be providing the Buccaneers with defensive line depth going forward.

(Updated 11/07/2016)
01/26/17WRCecil ShortsKneeDOUBTFULShorts finished the 2016 season with 11 receptions (27 targets) for 152 yards and no scores over nine games. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards.

The sixth-year pro arrived in Tampa five days prior to the season opener after a surprise release by the Texans, and it could well prove to be the final stop of his career. Shorts suffered a catastrophic knee injury in Week 13 versus the Chargers, one that saw him tear the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee. Going on 30 years of age, the Mt. Union product is thus likely to encounter significant difficulty in regaining both the necessary explosion and requisite interest from teams that would enable him to once again acquire gainful employment in the league. Shorts also had trouble achieving separation on a consistent basis when he was healthy in 2016, as he notably went without a reception in three of the nine contests he was active for, and tallied just one catch in four others. A veteran with a solid track record, Shorts was thought to have a realistic chance of vaulting Adam Humphries for the slot receiver role when he was first signed, but then actually was handed the reins of the No. 2 job once Vincent Jackson (knee) was lost to injury. Having failed to make a significant impact in that role and now also facing an extensive rehabilitation, he doesn't figure to be on the NFL radar in 2017 at a minimum.

(Updated 01/11/2017)
01/26/17RBCharles SimsPectoralQUESTIONABLESims finished the 2016 campaign with 51 rushes for 149 yards and a touchdown along with 24 receptions (32 targets) for 190 yards and another score in seven games.

The third-year back couldn't come close to duplicating his solid sophomore campaign, as injuries limited him to less than half a season's worth of games. Sims finished the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a pectoral injury suffered in the Week 16 contest versus the Saints after missing eight games earlier in the campaign with a knee injury sustained in Week 4 against the Broncos. Had he not gone down with the latter injury, the West Virginia product was in line for what would have turned out to be an extended run as the starter, as Doug Martin would ultimately miss six games due to his hamstring ailment. Instead, Sims would go on to miss the following eight contests himself, which ended up opening the door for journeyman Jacquizz Rodgers to put together a potentially career-saving stint as the top backfield option. For the seven games in which he was active, Sims had trouble finding consistent running room behind an inconsistent Bucs offensive line, but did display his usual proficiency in the passing game when given the opportunity. Heading into the final year of his original four-year deal in 2017, Sims' outlook is somewhat muddled, as the Bucs' backfield is currently in a state of unexpected flux; Doug Martin, assuming he is retained by the Bucs, will open next season serving a PED suspension, while Rodgers' status with the team is still uncertain , given that he is now a free agent. Given his past body of work and skill set, Sims still profiles most in the change-of-pace, pass-catching back role that he's been deployed in over his first trio of pro seasons, but circumstances could potentially dictate an expanded role.

(Updated 01/09/2017)
01/26/17RBAntone SmithKneeQUESTIONABLEThe Buccaneers placed Smith (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The revolving door at running back in Tampa Bay has been precipitated by a spate of injuries, forcing Charles Sims (knee) and now Smith to IR. As a corresponding move, the Bucs have promoted Russell Hansbrough to the 53-man roster, which boasts three healthy RBs at the moment (also Peyton Barber and Mike James). Elsewhere on the injury front, Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) remained in a walking boot Monday, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, while Doug Martin has yet to practice since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2.

(Updated 11/07/2016)
01/26/17DLJacquies SmithKneeQUESTIONABLESmith totaled four tackles (all solo), two tackles for loss and two sacks in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The third-year pro put together a standout performance, often hounding the Browns' Robert Griffin III and even drawing a holding penalty on his first of two quarterback takedowns. Even if incumbent starter William Gholston retains the top left defensive end job, Smith figures to receive a heavy dose of playing time throughout the season in a variety of personnel packages. Smith has proven highly capable of making the most of his opportunities over this first pair of Bucs seasons, garnering 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and three passes defensed in 27 games. Given the aggressive nature of new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, the Missouri product could be in line for his best numbers yet in 2016.

(Updated 08/28/2016)
01/02/17DLWilliam GholstonElbowQUESTIONABLEGholston (elbow), an unrestricted free agent the Bucs wish to retain, nevertheless isn't a candidate for the franchise or transition tags, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The soon-to-be fifth-year pro was one of the Bucs' most effective run stoppers in 2016, tallying 49 tackles (37 solo) and equaling a career high with three sacks over 14 games. However, the team and Gholston will have to come to terms on a multi-year dear for him to remain in Tampa, as the 2017 franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to be about $17 million, while the rarely-used transition tag is likely to run approximately $14 million. Although the team regards Gholston as one of its most dependable components along the front seven, those costs would be prohibitive relative to his overall impact and upside. The Bucs may allow Gholston to test the open market before entering into negotiations for his return in earnest, and could seek out a more dynamic pass-rushing presence as his potential replacement in the interim.

(Updated 02/15/2017)
01/02/17DLNoah SpenceShoulderQUESTIONABLESpence is undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a fully-torn labrum Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Spence suffered the shoulder injury during the Buccaneers' season finale against the Panthers, but not before recording three tackles. He'll have plenty of time to recover before training camp in July. Spence, a 2016 second-round pick, finished his rookie campaign with 22 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and three forced fumbles in 16 games.

(Updated 01/11/2017)
12/29/16RBDoug MartinSuspensionSUSPENDThe Buccaneers aren't expected to make a decision on Martin for the foreseeable future, Roy Cummings of FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports.

Handed a four-game suspension in December for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Martin missed the final game of the 2016 season and promptly entered a treatment facility. Prior to the ban, he was a workhorse in the eight games in which he was active, averaging 18 carries per contest and corralling 14 of 16 passes. However, he also missed six outings in the early going due to a hamstring injury and was inactive in Week 16 for an undisclosed reason. The impetus was soon revealed, though, at which point his campaign was over. If Martin is still a Buccaneer next season, the backfield will be entrusted to holdovers Charles Sims, a veritable pass-catcher, and Peyton Barber for the first three games, while unrestricted free agent Jacquizz Rodgers, exclusive rights free agent Russell Hansbrough, and a draft pick or two may also be in the fold.

(Updated 02/15/2017)
 

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