Ayers (shoulder) was released by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Ayers started 10 games for Tampa Bay last season and registered 31 combined tackles to go along with two sacks. At 32 years old, Ayers still has some juice left in the tank so it's expected that he'll garner some suitors for his services. Just how much juice is left in the tank remains to be seen, however.
Ayers (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Ayers has accrued 31 tackles (20 solo) and just two sacks this season. The veteran defensive lineman will miss his fourth game of the season, and Ryan Russell will fill in for the time being.
Ayers (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The veteran defensive end missed the entirety of Week 16 prep with the stinger he'd suffered against the Falcons in the prior contest, so his return Wednesday, even in a limited capacity was a good sign. Further insight into Ayers' chances of suiting up for the regular-season finale will be gleaned from the final two injury reports of the week.
Ayers (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Ayers was unable to practice throughout the entire week and is now slated to miss his fourth game of the season. During his upcoming absence, Patrick O'Connor could draw the start at defensive end with Will Clarke also providing additional depth.
Ayers (shoulder) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Ayers was one of multiple Buccaneers defensive players to exit Monday night's 24-21 loss to the Falcons due to injury. The play that Ayers was sidelined on also resulted in linebacker Adarius Glanton suffering a lower leg fracture, so the former escaped the incident comparably unscathed. However, the after-effects were still enough to keep Ayers out of practice for the initial session of Week 16 prep, with another update on his condition slated to come with Thursday's injury report.
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