Nassib (elbow) is active and starting at defensive end for Vinny Curry (ankle) in Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Giants, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Nassib's availability is especially valued on a week when Curry is unavailable. The third-year end has been coming on in recent week, already having compiled a career-high four sacks. He should have plenty of opportunities for more against a Giants team that's been among the most pass-happy in the NFL this season.
Nassib (elbow) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
Nassib had been absent altogether Wednesday, so the return is certainly an encouraging sign. The third-year pro has been effective as a rotational end since joining the Buccaneers earlier in the season after his release from the Browns, totaling a career-high four sacks. Nassib has seen elevated snap counts recently in the wake of Vinny Curry's ankle injury, although it's worth noting the latter returned to practice Thursday as well in limited fashion. Even if Curry is able to return to a starting role in Week 11 against the Giants, Nassib's own upgrade in participation bodes well for his chances of suiting up and seeing action in that contest as well.
Nassib recorded one sack during Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
He's never offered much in the tackle department, but Nassib has now set a new career high in sacks with seven games to go. The Penn State product has a decent chance of finding his fifth in Week 11 against a weak Giants offensive line.
Nassib, starting in place of Vinny Curry (ankle), recorded two sacks and a pass defensed in the Week 7 overtime win over the Browns.
The timing for Nassib's first start in a Bucs uniform couldn't have been better, as he got the call against the team that just released him at final cuts after having spent the first two seasons of his career with Cleveland. Nassib's second takedown of Baker Mayfield, which came at theTampa 45-yard line on third down with 4:58 remaining in overtime, was especially timely. With Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reporting Wednesday that Curry remains in a walking boot, Nassib could be in line for a second straight start against a Bengals team he knows well from his days in the AFC North.
Nassib will start at defensive end in place of Vinny Curry (ankle) in Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Browns, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Nassib will thus draw his first start in a Tampa uniform versus the team that made him a third-round pick in 2016. The 25-year-old has made minimal impact with the Bucs up to this point, totaling four tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed in five games.
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