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 service. Just how much juice is left in the tank remains to be seen, however.
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) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Ayers was a limited participant in practice this week, but it appears the team is exercising some caution with its starting defensive end. Patrick O'Connor and Will Clarke should both see increased workloads Sunday with Ayers unlikely to suit up.
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.
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