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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th104.9 (17th)257.3 (12th)
Defense22nd116.1 (24th)249.9 (15th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
19Aguayo, Roberto K6-02075/17/1994RFlorida State
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19942Louisiana State
61Allen, Josh C6-331512/30/19911Louisiana-Monroe
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19885California
91Ayers, Robert DE6-32759/6/19858Tennessee
43Barber, Peyton RB5-112256/27/1994RAuburn
77Benenoch, Caleb G6-53058/2/1994RUCLA
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52357/3/19912Harvard
78Cherilus, Gosder T6-73166/28/19849Boston College
23Conte, Chris SS6-22032/23/19896California
45Cross, Alan RB6-12455/2/1993RMemphis
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19905Nebraska
48DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19873Rutgers
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19858Southern Mississippi
35Elliott, Javien DB5-111767/18/1993RFlorida State
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19933Texas A&M
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19914Michigan State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19903Florida Atlantic
8Glennon, Mike QB6-622512/12/19894North Carolina State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19893Tulane
24Grimes, Brent CB5-101857/19/198310Shippensburg
28Hargreaves, Vernon CB5-102046/3/1995RFlorida
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19887Nevada-Las Vegas
67Hughes, John DE6-23204/27/19885Cincinnati
11Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19932Clemson
75Lambert, Davonte DE6-22826/23/1994RAuburn
52Lynch, Cameron LB6-02298/4/19932Syracuse
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19932Hobart
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19895Boise State
16Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19911North Greenville
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19887Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19878Memphis
30McDougald, Bradley FS6-120911/15/19904Kansas
82Myers, Brandon TE6-32569/4/19858Iowa
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19903Purdue
26Robinson, Josh DB5-102001/8/19915Central Florida
32Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-62052/6/19906Oregon State
99Russell, Ryan DE6-52751/17/19922Purdue
89Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19904Louisiana State
10Shorts, Cecil WR6-020212/22/19876Mount Union
70Siliga, Sealver DT6-23254/26/19905Utah
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19903West Virginia
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19932Penn State
62Smith, Evan C6-23087/19/19867Idaho State
51Smith, Daryl OLB6-22503/14/198213Georgia Tech
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/1993RNorth Carolina Central
57Spence, Noah DE6-22511/8/1994REastern Kentucky
97Spence, Akeem DT6-130711/29/19914Illinois
88Stocker, Luke TE6-52537/17/19886Tennessee
73Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19895North Carolina State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19895West Virginia
21Verner, Alterraun CB5-1018712/13/19887UCLA
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/1993RMissouri Western State
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19942Florida State
31Wright, Major DB5-112047/1/19887Florida
Injured Players
59Bond, Devante (IR) OLB6-12367/3/1993ROklahoma
72Gottschalk, Ben (IR) G6-52932/15/19921Southern Methodist
83Jackson, Vincent (IR) WR6-52301/14/198312Northern Colorado
94Johnson, George (IR) DE6-426512/11/19875Rutgers
95Jones, Howard (IR) DE6-42382/10/19902Shepherd
15Reedy, Bernard (IR) WR5-917512/31/19911Toledo
30Smith, Antone (IR) RB5-91929/17/19857Florida State
56Smith, Jacquies (IR) DE6-22603/18/19903Missouri
Practice Squad
 Coe, Rodney DT6-33055/18/1993RAkron
 Dye, Donteea WR6-01958/20/19932Heidelberg
 Huff, Josh WR5-1120610/14/19913Oregon
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/1992RSouth Carolina
 Kerbyson, Kyler T6-43067/7/1993RTennessee
 Liedtke, Michael G6-33101/15/19921Illinois State
 Riggs, Cody CB5-918712/28/19912Notre Dame
 Ward, Channing DT6-42799/17/1992RMississippi
 Westbrook, Tevin TE6-52371/17/19931Florida
 White, Myles WR6-01903/30/19903Louisiana Tech
Suspended Players
38Adjei-Barimah, Jude CB5-112007/21/19922Bowling Green State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-5311.16-3282.826.02134
 
 
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Position Listing
Andrew DePaola
News
The Buccaneers re-signed long-snapper Andrew DePaola and waived cornerback Anthony Gaitor, the team announced.
Noah Spence
News
Spence was named NFL Rookie of the Month for November, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The emerging pass rusher tallied 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles over the course of the month, which helped propel the Bucs to a 3-1 record over that span. Particularly notable is the fact that Spence garnered his accomplishments while nursing a shoulder injury originally suffered in Week 4, which has required that he modify the use of his arms when engaging with offensive lineman. Although he's technically still being deployed a rotational player, Spence has encouragingly seen his snaps rise after each of the last three games, topping out at 51 against the Seahawks this past Sunday.

Jude Adjei-Barimah
News
Adjei-Barimah has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Serving as the Buccaneers' slot corner this season, Adjei-Barimah has received 41.5 percent of the defensive snaps through Week 11. In total, he's notched 22 solo tackles, two sacks, two passes defended, and one forced fumble. Alterraun Verner is the likely candidate to take over Adjei-Barimah's duties.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 16 at New Orleans
Lavonte David
News
David tallied four tackles (three solo), including one for loss, and also forced a fumble in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chiefs.

David's tackle numbers are drastically down in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, but he's now posted a tackle for loss in five straight contests. His forced fumble, which came against Chiefs OL Eric Fisher on the final play as the Chiefs desperately tried to lateral the ball around, was also his third of the campaign. Therefore, while David is on pace to finish with just 80 tackles overall on the season, he's still providing some decent fantasy production by filling in other categories on the defensive stat sheet.

Cameron Lynch
News
Lynch was signed to the Bucs practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 23-year-old played in all 16 games for the Rams last season, tallying four special-teams tackles. Lynch totaled 243 tackles (173 solo), including 31.5 for loss, 17 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over 37 career games at Syracuse from 2011-2014.

Ben Gottschalk
News
Gottschalk (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

In light of the injury, the Buccaneers added guard Josh Allen from the practice squad to fill Gottschalk's spot on the active roster. Joe Hawley will continue to start at center after injuring his knee two weeks ago.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Antone Smith
News
The 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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Kwon Alexander
News
Alexander was credited with seven tackles (five solo), including one for loss, in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

The second-year middle linebacker logged his second seven-tackle performance over the last three games, sharing the team lead Sunday with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. At this point, Alexander has played the same amount of games (12) that he's suited up for in his suspension-shortened rookie season, and has improved his total tackle and solo tackle numbers, while also equaling his sack (three) and tackles for loss (seven) figures from 2015. As the quarterback of coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, Alexander shapes up as one of the better IDP options for the duration of the season.

Jameis Winston
News
Winston completed 20 of 30 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown and interception in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers. He also gained a yard on four rushes.

Winston continues to get it done despite his receiving corps being reduced to fourth-and-fifth-string wideouts outside of Mike Evans at this point. The second-year signal caller saw Cecil Shorts exit in the first quarter with a potentially devastating knee injury and later also suffered the loss of third receiver Adam Humphries to a possible concussion. However, Winston pressed on, finding fifth-string receiver Freddie Martino on four occasions, while also honing in on tight end Cameron Brate when Mike Evans struggled to gain separation in the second half. In fact, it was Brate who hauled in Winston's 12-yard scoring dart early in the fourth quarter, a touchdown that eventually proved to be the game winner. Winston has now completed over 60 percent of his passes in five straight games, and his 9.33 YPA Sunday was his second-highest figure in that category this season. He could be in for another busy day in Week 14, as the Bucs continue their playoff push in a home tilt against the Saints that could well prove to be a high-scoring affair.

Sealver Siliga
News
Siliga was claimed by the Buccaneers on Wednesday.

Siliga, formerly of the Seahawks, has totaled five tackles in four appearances this season. He'll likely slot in as the Bucs' fifth defensive tackle.

Akeem Spence
News
Spence played a total of 17 snaps during the Buccaneers' Week 1 win over the Falcons.

Spence's back issue that kept him sidelined for part of the 2015 season appears to be a thing of the past. In all likelihood, Spence will continue to function as a depth interior lineman.

Mike Evans
News
Evans secured three of six targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

Evans' stat line may have been the most surprising thing to come out of the Bucs' pivotal road victory, particularly considering that Jameis Winston lost two more pass catchers during the contest. Both Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion) were forced from the contest, which ostensibly would have upped Evans' already robust target share. However, the Chargers were on the same wavelength and forced Winston to frequently look elsewhere, such as in the direction of tight end Cameron Brate and fifth-string receiver Freddie Martino, who totaled 10 catches on 13 targets between them. With Shorts almost assured of missing the Week 14 tilt against the Saints at a minimum-- and Humphries' status uncertain-- Evans' already considerable fantasy stock will be even higher in a home matchup against the highly beatable Saints secondary.

Alan Cross
News
Cross secured one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

The reserve tight end got some extra playing time once position mate Luke Stocker exited the contest with an ankle ailment and notched a reception for the third straight week. However, his primary role continues to be that of a blocker, and even more so if Stocker is forced to miss extended time with his injury.

Donovan Smith
News
The Buccaneers held out wide receiver Mike Evans and left tackle Donovan Smith of practice on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Evans is dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, while Donovan Smith has ailments to his foot and ankle.

Kyler Kerbyson
No Updates
Howard Jones
News
Jones (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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Caleb Benenoch
No Updates
Cody Riggs
News
Riggs (hamstring) was absent from the Titans' injury report Wednesday.

Riggs has missed the previous three games, but appears to be trending toward a return in Week 7. He figures to help provide depth in the secondary if he can indeed return to action.

Clinton McDonald
News
McDonald (hamstring) recorded a sack and was credited with another quarterback hit in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bears.

The veteran tackle's return from his multi-week absence was therefore at least modestly successful, although McDonald was not credited with any other tackles besides his sack on 24 total defensive snaps. However, given his past body of work, he's certainly likely to return to his previous level of production as he gets more reps under his belt.

Donteea Dye
News
Dye has been re-signed to the Bucs' practice squad, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The second-year receiver had originally been called up to the active roster last Wednesday following the placement of Vincent Jackson (knee) on IR, but was ultimately determined not to be ready for game action by head coach Dirk Koetter. Consequently, he was waived last Saturday with the team needing to make room on the 53-man roster for Freddie Martino, who served as the No. 5 receiver versus the 49ers.

Jacquies Smith
News
Smith 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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Michael Liedtke
No Updates
Leonard Wester
No Updates
Doug Martin
News
Martin (undisclosed) logged just 36 of 65 offensive snaps during Sunday's win at San Diego, likely due to getting "bent back" on a third-quarter carry, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin was on pace for a fruitful outing prior to his departure, boasting 68 yards from scrimmage and a two-yard touchdown plunge on 18 touches. He yielded backfield duties to Jacquizz Rodgers the rest of the way, and while head coach Dirk Koetter said afterward that Martin was "doing fine," the backfield equation again seems to be in flux in Tampa Bay, especially with Charles Sims (knee) available for activation from IR. The upcoming week of practice will aid in determining who among Martin, Rodgers, and Sims gets the call, but the former is the presumptive favorite, assuming he's healthy.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Kevin Pamphile
News
Pamphile has cleared through the league's concussion protocol and will be available to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Pamphile is in line to return to game action in Week 12 after missing the Buccaneers' last two games. Expect the former fifth-rounder to be suited up Sunday, especially given the fact that he's already logged multiple full-participation practices this week.

Cecil Shorts
News
Shorts, who is slated to miss the remainder of this season, tore his ACL, MCL and PCL, and dislocated his knee during Sunday's game against the Chargers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Shorts' knee injury is as bad as it gets, and will understandably prevent him from playing again this season. At 28 years old, Shorts unfortunately now faces a long road to recovery as he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He finishes 2016 with 11 catches for 152 yards, and his absence figures to offer Adam Humphries (concussion), Russell Shepard and Freddie Martino more looks going forward.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Vernon Hargreaves
News
Hargreaves logged seven tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers. He also logged 14 yards on two punt returns after Adam Humphries exited the game with a concussion.

The rookie corner continues to come on as the season unfolds, with his seven stops equaling Kwon Alexander for most on the team. While he's still looking for his first interception as a pro, Hargreaves has done a nice job on the tackle front over the second half of the season, logging between five and eight tackles in five of the last six games. He and his secondary mates have also considerably upped their play over the last four contests, and impressively contained Philip Rivers to a rather ordinary 225 yards passing on a 57.6 percent completion rate Sunday.

Bryan Anger
News
The Jaguars have listed punter Bryan Anger (groin), guard Zane Beadles (calf), center Luke Bowanko (quad), defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (shoulder) and kicker Josh Scobee (quad) as probable for Week 1 against the Eagles, the team announced.
Robert Ayers
News
Ayers totaled six tackles (five solo), including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bears.

The offseason acquisition posted what was easily his best effort since joining the Bucs. Ayers was a disruptive force throughout the afternoon and a key part of a defensive effort that totaled four takedowns overall of Bears QB Jay Cutler. His prior ankle injury apparently behind him, Ayers is primed to potentially put together a strong second half to his first season in Tampa.

Adarius Glanton
News
Glanton (knee) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Arizona.

Since being limited in Wednesday's practice, Glanton has practiced in full since. He appears on track to suit up come game time.

Evan Smith
News
Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt with the Chargers.

Smith will miss his third straight game after suffering a grade-two MCL sprain. A reserve lineman, Smith doesn't play a major role in the offensive game plan.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Josh Robinson
News
Robinson saw time at safety in Monday's practice, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The veteran corner helped to even the numbers at defensive back between corners and safeties during Monday's session, given that the Bucs only kept four true safeties overall. Head coach Dirk Koetter explained the move by emphasizing the need for the team to exercise the maximum amount of roster flexibility. "We have to cross-train guys," said the coach. "Those D-linemen have to play multiple spots, offensive linemen [do as well]. When you just do the math, we kept six corners and four safeties, so usually you're only going to have three safeties up on game day, so traditionally you do train your fifth or sixth corner to play some safety and Josh is one of those guys."

Mike Glennon
News
Glennon, seeing his first regular-season game action since 2014, completed 10 of 11 passes for 75 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 43-28 loss to the Falcons.

The fourth-year veteran held a clipboard for the entirety of the 2015 campaign as Jameis Winston played every snap of his rookie season, but Glennon performed admirably when called upon Thursday after the latter hurt his knee midway through the fourth quarter. He was near perfect against a Falcons defense that was naturally in prevent mode given their sizable lead, even finding Cameron Brate for a two-yard scoring throw that came just a day over two years from the date of his last regular-season touchdown pass, Nov. 2, 2014. Glennon has 19 starts on his NFL resume, which means he'll be ready to roll should the Winston not be able to suit up for a Week 10 tilt against the Bears.

Myles White
News
White was waived by the Giants Monday.

With Victor Cruz looking healthier, and Tavarres King playing well, there was no room for White.

Daryl Smith
News
Smith supplied four tackles (two solo), a half-sack and an inteception in Monday night's 17-14 win over the Panthers.

Smith tallied a season high in tackles while also getting into the sack and interception columns for the first time in 2016 as well. The 14-year veteran has not quite been able to post the type of prolific tackle numbers that he's become known for throughout his career and is currently on pace for a low-water mark in stops for a full season.

Josh Huff
News
Huff, who was under consideration for a move to the 53-man roster for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, suffered a practice injury Friday and therefore doesn't look likely to be called up to the active roster for Week 11, Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

The injury was apparently to Huff's hamstring, as Koetter had mentioned that Huff "came up lame" in his post-practice meeting with reporters. He subsequently mentioned to Marvez that it didn't look likely that Huff would be able take the field Sunday. However, Freddie Martino is projected for more snaps and Russell Shepard is also set to make his return from a hip injury, fortifying the back end of the Bucs' receiver depth chart.

William Gholston
News
Gholston was sporting a boot his left foot and using crutches following Sunday's win over the Chargers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Gholston had five tackles in the game. The boot and crutches give the indication that Gholston could miss some time, in which case Davonte Lambert would likely see an increased role along the Buccaneers' defensive line.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Demar Dotson
News
The Buccaneers announced Monday they signed cornerback Tim Jennings. To clear a roster spot, tackle Demar Dotson (knee) was placed on short-term injured reserve, which means he will miss at least the first eight weeks of the season.
Vincent Jackson
News
Although the Buccaneers placed Jackson in the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, his injury hasn't been definitely confirmed as a torn ACL, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

Jackson's ailment was first termed an ACL tear by Adam Caplan of ESPN, and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times was able to whittle it down to the wideout's left knee. If the injury is in fact to Jackson's MCL rather than the ACL, as Werder discovered, he may be able to return at some point this season. The Buccaneers would then have a quandary on its hands with regard to which player between Jackson and Charles Sims (knee) to activate from IR later this season, as each team can bring back just one such player to the 53-man roster. On the other hand, confirmation of an ACL diagnosis would result in back-to-back abbreviated campaigns for Jackson.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Adam Humphries
News
Humphries has been ruled out of Sunday's contest in San Diego due to a concussion, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Before he departed, Humphries nabbed both passes directed his way for 19 yards, while returning his only punt for seven yards. Now beholden to the NFL's concussion protocol, the Buccaneers are without their primary punt returner and No. 3 wide receiver for an undetermined period of time.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Major Wright
News
Wright agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

With Chris Conte (undisclosed) a question mark heading into Sunday's tilt with the Chargers, the Buccaneers decided to shore up their secondary by bringing on the veteran Wright. The safety spent the preseason with the Buccaneers, so he should be familiar with the defensive schemes and able to make an immediate impact.

Luke Stocker
News
Stocker is questionable to return to Sunday's contest at San Diego due to an ankle injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Stocker sustained the ailment on the first play of the Buccaneers' opening possession, which was followed by a potentially serious knee injury to wideout Cecil Shorts a short time later. Because the base offense includes two tight ends, Alan Cross stepped in for the blocker that is Stocker.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Peyton Barber
News
Barber gained 16 yards on five rushes and secured his only target for four yards in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Seahawks.

The undrafted rookie played a complementary role once again in the backfield, checking in as the only runner other than Doug Martin to record a carry. Barber could see his role even further reduced if Jacquizz Rodgers is able to return from his foot injury in Week 13 against the Chargers.

Rodney Coe
No Updates
Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt versus the Rams, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Griffin's inactive status is expected to endure throughout the season as long as Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon remain healthy.

Ryan Smith
News
Smith (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Smith practiced in full Friday, so the expectation was that he was going to suit up for Week 13. Look for him to serve as the Buccaneers' backup free safety and factor into their return game.

Devante Bond
News
Bond (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.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Charles Sims
News
Sims (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, opening his 21-day window for activation from injured reserve, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Sims was always the most logical of Tampa Bay's IR members to make another appearance this season, but when (or if) he does, he'll take in his normal change-of-pace role behind Doug Martin. In four games this season, Sims offset 2.8 yards per carry with 14 receptions (on 19 targets) for 112 yards.

Injury
Knee - IR-R for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Channing Ward
News
Ward was released by the Buccaneers on Wednesday.

Ward, an undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, appeared in five games for Tampa Bay this season and logged five total tackles along the way. Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle formerly with the Seahawks, was signed to take his place on the active roster.

Brandon Myers
News
Myers (hip) is active for Sunday's Week 13 tilt versus the Chargers.

The veteran tight end logged DNPs on Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a full session Friday. He'll resume his usual role as a blocking tight end alongside Luke Stocker against San Diego.

Jacquizz Rodgers
News
Rodgers (foot) gained 29 yards on seven rushes and gained 21 yards in securing his only target in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

The backup running back got back on the field for the first time since Week 8 and looked to be at full health, running decisively in his limited opportunities. Rodgers served as an ideal change-of-pace option from Doug Martin, who found tough sledding on the ground with just 45 yards on 17 carries. Given that Rodgers apparently proved that he's back at 100 percent, it will be interesting to see if he receives an uptick in snaps and touches in the Week 14 tilt against the Saints.

John Hughes
News
Hughes was released by the Patriots on Saturday.

Hughes signed with New England on Monday, but was released before what would've been his first game with the team in order to make room on the active roster for the addition of TE Ben Scruggs.

Ali Marpet
News
The Buccaneers agreed to a contract with rookie offensive guard Ali Marpet on Thursday, the team announced.

Marpet was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft. With the signing, the Buccaneers have signed all seven of their 2015 draft picks.

Gosder Cherilus
News
Offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus agreed to a two-year contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, a source told NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport. Cherilus, who previously played for the Lions and Colts, was released by Indianapolis in late July.
Isaiah Johnson
No Updates
Joe Hawley
News
Hawley (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Hawley was forced to miss the Buccaneers' Week 10 win over the Bears, but he'll return to his usual role as the starting center in Week 11.

Tevin Westbrook
News
Westbrook was signed to the Bucs' practice squad Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The former Florida Gator and reserve tight end spent time on the Bucs practice squad last season and was elevated to the active roster in Week 17. With four tight ends currently on the active roster and the fact that he's a converted defensive lineman, Westbrook shapes up as an ongoing developmental project.

Javien Elliott
News
Elliott was promoted from the practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The rookie will take the roster spot of the suspended Jude Adjei-Barimah and provide some depth at corner for the depleted Bucs, who also saw Brent Grimes suffer a quad injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. If Grimes is unable to suit up for the Week 12 tilt against the Seahawks, Elliott and Josh Robinson figure in as the top backups behind presumed starters Alterraun Verner and Vernon Hargreaves.

Josh Allen
News
The Buccaneers cut five players Tuesday to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, with the biggest name being punter Michael Koenen

Tampa Bay decided to go with first-year punter Jacob Schum over the veteran Koenen. The rest of the Bucs' cuts include guard Josh Allen, WR Robert Herron and corner Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was placed on the PUP list. 

Ryan Russell
News
Russell was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster on Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Russell was promoted just in time for the team's game against the Bears on Sunday. He'll likely be at the bottom of the depth chart amongst Tampa Bay's six healthy defensive ends.

Roberto Aguayo
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Aguayo converted two of three field-goal attempts (27 and 35 yards) and both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

The rookie kicker seems to throw in at least one concerning miss each week, with a 31-yard try that went wide right shortly before halftime serving as this week's example. However, Aguayo was able to regroup and make two second-half field goals, along with both of his extra-point tries. Considering his significant potential and draft pedigree, Aguayo is sticking around, but the Bucs will certainly hope he can put together a strong string of performances as they make their playoff push.

Davonte Lambert
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David (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, the team's official site reports.

The Pro Bowl linebacker apparently sustained a minor shoulder ailment at some point during Week 1, but he was still on the field for all 65 defensive snaps against the Falcons. Given his full particpation Wednesday, David doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the Week 2 tilt against the Cardinals.

Freddie Martino
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Martino secured all four of his targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

Martino was pressed into extended action when the Bucs lost both Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion) relatively early in the game. He responded with career bests in receptions and yards, providing Jameis Winston with a much-needed pass-catching option outside of Mike Evans and Cameron Brate. Shorts' knee injury appears to be serious enough to keep him out of the Week 14 matchup against the Saints at bare minimum, while Humphries will need to pass through the NFL concussion protocol before being able to suit up for the contest. Therefore, it's highly conceivable that Martino could find himself as a potential third receiver behind Evans and Russell Shepard in what could be a high-scoring battle. His exact role will naturally become clearer as the forthcoming practice week unfolds.

Bernard Reedy
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Reedy was cut by the Buccaneers on Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Despite an impressive preseason finale, Reedy just wasn't impressive enough to warrant a roster spot in Tampa Bay. Reedy will likely get looks from other NFL teams given his strong performances this preseason on top of his ability to contribute on special teams.

Injury
Brent Grimes
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Grimes (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's Week 12 versus the Seahawks.

The veteran ballhawk will thus be available to try to contain an emerging Seattle passing game that has become increasingly proficient as Russell Wilson has gotten progressively healthier.

Russell Shepard
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Shepard secured one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

Shepard didn't make much of an impact offensively despite the fact that the two receivers directly ahead of him on the depth chart, Cecil Shorts and Adam Humphries, went down with a knee injury and a concussion, respectively. Ironically, Shepard has seen more target volume in prior games when the aforementioned pair of pass catchers have been on the field for all four quarters. However, Jameis Winston was able to consistently find success going in the direction of tight end Cameron Brate and fifth receiver Freddie Martino against the Chargers, leaving Shepard as a distant fourth option in the passing game when one also factors in No. 1 receiver Mike Evans. Matters could be different in Week 14, however, particularly if both Shorts and Humphries miss the contest, as the normally high-octane Saints offense comes to town for a matchup that may feature plenty of passing.

Gerald McCoy
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McCoy (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

McCoy was able to log a limited practice session on Friday, indicating that he is improving after injuring his right foot in Week 12. He will likely start at defensive tackle for the Buccaneers and will look to slow down Melvin Gordon and the Chargers' running game.

George Johnson
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Johnson 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.

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Hip - Injured Reserve
J.R. Sweezy
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Sweezy (back) did not participate in Monday's practice, the first session he was eligible to partake in after spending six weeks on the PUP list, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The offseason acquisition was inked to a deal that includes $14.5 million guaranteed to man the left guard spot, but he's yet to even take part in a practice with his new team. Sweezy's next opportunity to take the field will come Wednesday, but given the delicate nature of the herniated disk surgery that he underwent this summer, the Bucs could well err on the side of caution and delay his debut further. As per NFL rules, the team has a three-week period to decide whether or not to officially activate Sweezy or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Injury
Back - Physically Unable to Perform
Bradley McDougald
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McDougald was credited with five tackles (all solo), including one for loss, and an interception in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Seahawks.

The strong safety secured the game-sealing pick of Russell Wilson on a pass intended for Tyler Lockett, snaring the throw at the Bucs' two-yard line with 1:36 remaining in the contest. It was McDougald's second interception of the season, equaling his career-high total from 2015. With 62 tackles on the campaign, the fourth-year pro is on pace to surpass the 87 stops he compiled last season.

Chris Conte
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Conte (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt with the Chargers.

Conte missed practice all week due to a chest issue and will be forced to watch from the sideline Sunday as a result. Look for Keith Tandy to get the start with newly signed safety Major Wright also likely to receive an uptick in reps.

Injury
Chest - Questionable for Week 14 vs. New Orleans
Cameron Brate
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Brate secured six of nine targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

The emerging third-year tight end posted his highest yardage total on the season while also scoring for the fourth time in the last six games. His 12-yard scoring grab early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the game, and solidified Brate's role as one of Jameis Winston's most trusted targets. That is more accurate than ever following Sunday's game, considering that second receiver Cecil Shorts appears to be lost for the season with a serious knee injury, while slot man Adam Humphries is in the concussion protocol. If the latter is unable to pass the necessary neurological exams before a Week 14 divisional battle against the Saints, Brate could once again be the most important pass catcher behind Mike Evans in a game that could turn into a high-scoring battle.

Alterraun Verner
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Verner (personal), who lost his father on Friday, was credited with two solo tackles and also picked off Russell Wilson in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Seahawks.

The veteran was playing with a heavy heart but had pledged to dedicate the game to his late father, and he came through with a fitting tribute. Verner picked off a late second-quarter pass intended for Paul Richardson at the Bucs' 15-yard line, returning it 16 yards and denying Seattle a field goal attempt at a minimum. It was the seventh-year pro's first interception of the season, as he continues to serve as the third corner behind starters Brent Grimes and rookie Vernon Hargreaves.

Keith Tandy
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Tandy totaled five tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

Filling in for the sidelined Chris Conte (chest), Tandy turned in a gave-saving play when he picked off Philip Rivers at the Bucs' two-yard line with 3:04 remaining and Tampa protecting a 28-21 lead. It was the fifth-year safety's fifth career interception and first of 2016, as he's spent the season backing up Conte. His stay in the starting lineup could be short-lived, however, as Conte could return for the Week 14 tilt against the Saints.

 

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