Suh (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Suh has played 30-plus defensive snaps in every game this season, but he hasn't been productive on the stat sheet, registering just eight tackles and one sack through seven games. The 34-year-old is certainly a crucial part of Tampa Bay's defense, but currently, he isn't a viable IDP option, as the Bucs have numerous playmakers along their front seven. Head coach Bruce Arians doesn't think Suh's knee issue is serious, so if he is able to return to practice this week, then he will likely be available for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Saints.
Suh has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Suh, who's coming off a 2020 campaign in which he logged 43 tackles and six sacks, is thus in line to reprise his starting role on the Bucs' defensive line. His return to the mix bolsters the team's interior pass rush in advance of Thursday's season-opener against the Cowboys.
Suh (illness) has tested positive for COVID-19, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports. Suh was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier Saturday and did not travel with the team to Houston. After confirmation of a positive test, his route back to Tampa Bay's roster is difficult. The 34-year-old may be able to clear protocols in time for the season opener Aug. 9, but his conditioning may be impacted by the illness.
Suh totaled five tackles (four solo), including one for loss, and also recorded a quarterback hit in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. The big defensive tackle tied his season high with Sunday's tackle tally. Suh has multiple stops in four of the last five games overall, and his four sacks leave him just two short of his best total over the last five seasons. Suh's interior-line spot does lend some uncertainty to his week-to-week production, but he's arguably more of a threat to get to the quarterback than many other players at his position.
Suh recorded a sack for his one tackle in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday. The big defensive tackle took down old nemesis Aaron Rodgers for his third sack of the season, renewing acquaintances with his old NFC North rival from Suh's days with the Lions. Suh's three QB takedowns through six games currently have him on pace to tie the third-best tally (eight) of his career in that category, one season after he posted a career-low 2.5 but offset it with a career-high two touchdowns and four fumble recoveries. Suh's single-game tackle numbers rarely go above five these days, but he always offers the possibility of wreaking havoc in the pocket with his athleticism and potentially producing a turnover.
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