Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense14th79.8 (29th)263.0 (5th)
Defense29th107.2 (13th)276.3 (31st)
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58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19943LSU
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19886California
82Auclair, Antony TE6-62565/28/1993RLaval University
91Ayers, Robert DE6-32759/6/19859Tennessee
90Baker, Chris DT6-232010/8/19876Hampton
25Barber, Peyton RB5-112252/27/19942Auburn
51Beckwith, Kendell MLB6-224312/2/1994RLSU
77Benenoch, Caleb G6-53058/8/19942UCLA
59Bond, Devante OLB6-12367/3/19932Oklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52457/3/19913Harvard
94Clarke, Will DE6-62755/4/19914West Virginia
23Conte, Chris FS6-22032/23/19897California
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19906Nebraska
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19859Southern Mississippi
35Elliott, Javien DB5-111767/18/19932Florida State
21Evans, Justin SS6-01998/26/1995RTexas A&M
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19934Texas A&M
14Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB6-222311/24/198213Harvard
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19915Michigan State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19903Florida Atlantic
12Godwin, Chris WR6-12092/27/1996RPenn State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19894Tulane
24Grimes, Brent CB5-101857/19/198311Shippensburg
28Hargreaves, Vernon CB5-102046/3/19952Florida
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19888UNLV
80Howard, O.J. TE6-625111/19/1994RAlabama
10Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19933Clemson
11Jackson, DeSean WR5-1017512/1/198610California
52Lynch, Cameron LB6-02298/4/19933Syracuse
74Marpet, Ali C6-43074/17/19933Hobart
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19896Boise State
16Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19912North Greenville
36McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19886Connecticut
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19888Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19878Memphis
7Murray, Patrick K5-71826/22/19914Fordham
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19904Purdue
26Robinson, Josh DB5-102001/8/19916UCF
32Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-62052/6/19907Oregon State
95Russell, Ryan DE6-52751/17/19923Purdue
65Sanborn, Garrison LS6-12407/31/19859Florida State
96Siliga, Sealver DT6-23454/26/19905Utah
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19904West Virginia
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19933Penn State
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19868Idaho State
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/19932North Carolina Central
88Stocker, Luke TE6-52537/17/19887Tennessee
73Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19895NC State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19896West Virginia
55Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198412Virginia Tech
43Ward, T.J. DB5-1020012/12/19868Oregon
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/19932Missouri Western State
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19943Florida State
Injured Players
38Adjei-Barimah, Jude (IR) CB5-112007/21/19923Bowling Green
 Barnett, Deondre (IR) DE6-3239//RSouthern Illinois
2Folk, Nick (IR) K6-122211/5/198411Arizona
72Gardner, Cole (IR) T6-630111/11/1993REastern Michigan
75Lambert, DaVonte (IR) DE6-22826/23/19942Auburn
 Panfil, Evan (IR) DE6-42403/31/1995RPurdue
57Spence, Noah (IR) DE6-22511/8/19942Eastern Kentucky
 Sperbeck, Thomas (IR) WR6-018010/21/1994RBoise State
72Trattou, Justin (IR) DE6-42588/28/19886Florida
97Tu'ikolovatu, Stevie (IR) NT6-13206/28/1991RSouthern California
Practice Squad
49Bullough, Riley LB6-222811/23/1993RMichigan State
45Cross, Alan TE6-12355/2/19932Memphis
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
70Liedtke, Michael G6-33051/15/19921Illinois State
46Nzeocha, Eric LB6-32184/1/1993RWyoming
 O'Connor, Pat DE6-427011/1/1993REastern Michigan
 Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/19922Ole Miss
85Wilson, Bobo WR5-91861/25/1995RFlorida State
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Position Listing
Noah Spence
Spence was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after dislocating his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

It's the fourth time that Spence, a 2016 second-round pick, has dislocated his shoulder, with the latest occurrence set to require season-ending surgery. The defensive end played through a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum for much of his rookie campaign before dislocating the shoulder again in Week 17 and requiring offseason surgery. The Buccaneers had expected big things from Spence in his second season, but the defensive end managed just nine tackles and one sack in six games before being shut down after he couldn't play through the shoulder issue any longer. Veteran Darryl Tapp was signed Wednesday to provide extra depth along the defensive line.

Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Jude Adjei-Barimah
Adjei-Barimah (knee) will undergo surgery Sunday, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Surgery is expected to sideline Adjei-Barimah four about four months. While it's possible his season isn't over yet, the injured reserve list remains a real possibility.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Lavonte David
David posted six tackles (three solo) -- including a half-tackle for loss -- and a quarterback hit in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

The 27-year-old Miami native enjoyed a successful homecoming, as he posted a third consecutive solid tackle tally. David has 21 stops over his last three games, a haul that includes a total of 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The six-year pro looks to be significantly more instinctual in his second season of defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, rendering him an above-average IDP option at the linebacker position.

Justin Evans
Evans managed four solo tackles and an interception in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

The rookie safety continues to show up well on the stat sheet, with Sunday's first-quarter interception of a pass intended for DeVante Parker serving as his second of the season. Evans has been impressive the more playing time he's received, and he now boasts 44 tackles (34 solo), two picks and a total of five passes defensed over his first 10 career games.

Cameron Lynch
Lynch, who's been competing for the strong-side linebacker job, has made the Bucs' initial 53-man roster, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Lynch was impressive in the exhibition finale against the Redskins with seven total tackles and showed enough throughout camp and prior preseason contests to remain in the conversation for the starting strong-side linebacker job. The final word on who won the battle between Lynch, Adarius Glanton and Kendell Beckwith is yet to be revealed, but it appears Lynch will have a chance to serve as a depth option and special teams asset at a minimum to open the season.

Garrison Sanborn
No Updates
Justin Trattou
Vikings defensive end Justin Trattou is inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

Trattou backs up Everson Griffin at right defensive end and the Vikings will be without needed depth. Depth is more of an issue than usual with the game being played at high altitude.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Deondre Barnett
Kwon Alexander
Alexander posted eight tackles (six solo) -- including one for loss -- and an interception in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

The third-year linebacker's tackle total was a team high, while his early second-quarter pick of Jay Cutler on a pass intended for Jarvis Landry was his second of the season. The interception gave the Buccaneers the ball at the Dolphins' 10-yard line following Alexander's 20-yard return, which eventually led to a six-yard touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick to O.J. Howard. Alexander's typically robust tackle numbers (at least seven stops in four of his last five games) and ability to create turnovers continue to give him considerable viability in all IDP formats.

Eric Nzeocha
No Updates
Jameis Winston
Winston (shoulder) will not return for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Winston was reevaluated Monday and ruled out for at least one more game. The Bucs will take things on a week-to-week basis, likely opting for a cautious approach unless they miraculously climb back into the playoff picture. Ryan Fitzpatrick just led the team to back-to-back wins, albeit against the Jets and Dolphins with a major assist from the Tampa Bay defense. Still recovering from an AC joint sprain as well as a rear deltoid injury, Winston has yet to resume football activities.

Shoulder - AC Joint - Out for Week 12 at Atlanta
Sealver Siliga
Siliga re-signed with the Buccaneers on Saturday on a one-year contract.

A November pickup by the Bucs last season, Siliga brought some additional size to the team's defensive line last season. However, he saw limited action over six games with the club, notching just five tackles (three solo) and one sack. He will likely return to a similar role with Tampa Bay in 2017.

Riley Bullough
No Updates
Mike Evans
Evans brought in five of 10 targets for 92 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

Evans' reception, yardage and target totals were all team highs, as he enjoyed a mostly successful return from a one-game suspension. He also kicked off the game-winning drive with a pivotal 17-yard catch and posted his third-highest yardage total of the campaign. Evans is yet to record a 100-yard game this season and hasn't scored since Week 7, so there's still plenty of room for improvement in his performance. The 24-year-old wideout will look to break through in a key divisional matchup versus the Falcons in Week 12.

Alan Cross
Cross cleared waivers Monday and re-signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad, Roy Cummings of WFLA NewsChannel 8 reports.

Cross was waived by the team Monday and cleared waivers as expected. The 24-year-old had two catches totaling 11 yards in three games with the club. He will now wait for another opportunity to be called up.

Pat O'Connor
O'Connor has been signed to the Lions' practice squad, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

O'Connor could be called up this season if the team experiences injury woes at defensive end.

Donovan Smith
Smith (knee) will be active for Sunday's tilt against the Jets, Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com reports.

Smith's knee issue won't keep him sidelined against the Jets despite him logging just one limited practice earlier in the week. He'll start at tackle per usual.

Caleb Benenoch
Benenoch (undisclosed) was left off Wednesday's injury report and is expected to be available for Sunday's matchup with Chicago, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The second-year tackle is slated to serve as Demar Dotson's backup at right tackle this season.

Cole Gardner
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Clinton McDonald
McDonald posted two solo tackles for loss, including a sack, in Sunday's 38-33 loss to the Cardinals.

The run-stuffing tackle has now recorded a sack in each of the last two games. McDonald is a key member of the Bucs defensive line in a real-world football sense, but his fantasy value is limited due to his modest tackle and sack numbers.

Michael Liedtke
No Updates
Bobo Wilson
Wilson was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

There were some people who thought Wilson might be able to crack the finalized 53-man roster following his strong preseason, but unfortunately for Wilson, things shook out differently. The 22-year-old could land elsewhere relatively quickly given his potential to be a starter in this league one day.

Leonard Wester
No Updates
Doug Martin
Martin rushed 19 times for 38 yards and brought in two of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

Despite being given nearly 100 percent of the rushing touches once again, Martin's multi-week frustrations on the ground continued. He averaged under 3.0 yards per carry for the second straight week and fourth time in the last five contests overall. To make matters worse, the former Pro Bowler gained 13 of his 38 yards on one carry, leaving him with an average of 1.4 yards on his other 18 totes. Despite the difficult stretch Martin finds himself in, it isn't exactly clear if Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims or Peyton Barber could do appreciably better behind an offensive line that's been consistently powerless to stop rushers from invading the backfield at the snap. Martin will look to bust out of his slump against the Falcons in Week 12.

Thomas Sperbeck
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
Kevin Pamphile
Pamphile (illness) will play in Sunday's tilt against Minnesota, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Pamphile was considered questionable for Sunday's game after dealing with an unspecified illness throughout the week. He's expected to start at guard once again in Week 3.

DeSean Jackson
Jackson secured two of three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

Jackson's four-yard scoring reception in the second quarter capped off a four-play, 37-yard drive following a Jarvis Landry fumble that was recovered by Ryan Smith. The touchdown salvaged the day for Jackson's fantasy owners, as he otherwise turned in another underwhelming outing. The 30-year-old wideout has tallied three receptions or less in four of his last six games, posting under 40 receiving yards in each of those contests. Jackson will look to play a larger role against the Falcons in Week 12.

Vernon Hargreaves
Hargreaves (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Hargreaves suffered the injury in last Sunday's win over the Jets and did not practice this week. There's no indication on a recovery timetable for the 22-year-old at this point, while Ryan Smith and Javien Elliott will see increased workloads at as nickel and dime cornerbacks in his absence.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
Bryan Anger
No Updates
Robert Ayers
Ayers (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

While he was battling the same ankle injury, Ayers was deemed questionable heading into the Week 10 win over the Jets, ultimately suiting up and supplying three tackles across 48 defensive snaps in the victory. With Ayers coming out of that contest no worse for the wear and turning in a full practice session Friday, he should be on tap for a full workload in the interstate matchup Sunday.

Concussion - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
Chris Baker
Baker (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 9 tilt against the Saints, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The veteran defensive tackle unsurprisingly follows up a pair of full practices to close out the week with active status against the Saints. Baker's veteran presence will be especially valued against a versatile New Orleans offense that has leaned heavier on the run this season than in years' past.

Kendell Beckwith
Beckwith posted two solo tackles, including one for loss, and one sack in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

The rookie linebacker notched his first career quarterback takedown when he brought Josh McCown down for a key eight-yard loss at the Buccaneers' 20-yard line late in the first half. The sack left the Jets in a 3rd-and-long situation that led to them having to settle for a Chandler Catanzaro 47-yard field goal. That impact play aside, Beckwith has seen a steep drop in production over the last three games, as he's managed just five tackles over that span. As a result, his IDP stock remains low for the time being.

O.J. Howard
Howard brought in three of four targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

The rookie celebrated his birthday with his best effort since Week 7 against the Bills. Howard had posted just three receptions on four targets for 22 yards in his previous three contests, so his performance Sunday was relatively unexpected. Howard's six-yard score in the second quarter was his fourth touchdown of the campaign, a total he's impressively managed on just 17 catches. He'll look to put together consecutive productive outings for the first time in his career when he faces the Falcons in Week 12.

Adarius Glanton
Glanton posted two tackles (one solo) and recovered a fumble in the end zone at the end of Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

The reserve linebacker got an unexpected moment in the spotlight when he recovered a Jakeem Grant fumble in the end zone at the conclusion of a failed last-gasp lateral drill by the Dolphins. Glanton acquitted himself well while drawing a trio of starts at strong-side linebacker in Weeks three through five, but he's largely been relegated to special teams duty since Kwon Alexander's return from a hamstring injury sent Kendell Beckwith back to his natural strong-side spot. As a result, Glanton retains no true IDP value at present.

Evan Smith
Smith has been diagnosed with a concussion and won't return to Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Smith has been placed in the league's concussion protocol, and Kevin Pamphile will slot in at left guard for the time being. Pamphile often rotates in at left guard even when Smith is healthy, so this won't shake up the offensive dynamic much.

Concussion - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
Evan Panfil
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Josh Robinson
Robinson (concussion) didn't practice Friday and won't be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Robinson was able to practice in full capacity Wednesday, but he still wasn't able to progress in concussion protocol to the point that he could play. With Keith Tandy and T.J. Ward both nursing hip injuries, Robinson could've potentially been due for some defensive snaps. Expect to see Justin Evans to pick up most of the workload Robinson leaves behind.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
William Gholston
Gholston (neck) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With Gholston following up a limited session Wednesday with a full one Thursday, the defensive end looks to be ready to return to the field just two weeks after being carted off with a serious neck injury. Expect confirmation on Gholston's status to come in the next day or two.

Demar Dotson
Dotson (hamstring) is not present on the Buccaneers' injury report for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Dotson was a full participant at Friday's practice to help avoid the questionable designation. The 32-year-old had similar practice reps last week and didn't appear to suffer a setback against the Jets, so he looks all set for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
Adam Humphries
Humphries brought in two of four targets for 11 yards and returned one punt for seven yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

Humphries continues to play a significantly reduced role in the Buccaneers offense, as he now has just a pair of receptions apiece in three straight games. The third-year receiver hasn't exceeded 26 receiving yards in five consecutive contests and is yet to find the end zone this season, making him a marginal fantasy prospect at present.

Chris Godwin
Godwin secured both of his targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

A week after posting a career-high five receptions in a starting opportunity versus the Jets, Godwin showed some nice rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick again despite sliding back down the depth chart with the return of Mike Evans from suspension. The Penn State product saw action on 22 snaps and posted his third-highest receiving yardage total of the season, which was partly comprised of a career-high 24-yard reception. Given his efforts in the past two games, Godwin's profile in the offense could progressively expand over the balance of the campaign.

Luke Stocker
Stocker (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Dolphins, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The veteran blocking specialist is a surprise inactive after having seen action in all nine games this season. Stocker's status allows preseason notable Antony Auclair to suit up for the first time in his NFL career. Although Auclair brings greater receiving ability to the table, Stocker's stalwart work in the run game could be missed.

Peyton Barber
Barber secured both of his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

Barber logged only three snaps on offense but made the most of them, logging a pair of catches for the second time in the last three contests. The second-year Auburn product saw a season-high 11 carries in Week 9 against the Saints, but given that he's notched just a pair of totes in the subsequent two games, it appears his role in the ground game is nowhere near reliable at the moment. As a result, Barber's fantasy value is currently non-existent.

Ryan Griffin
The Buccaneers activated Griffin (shoulder) from injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Griffin's return from IR comes at a convenient time with head coach Dirk Koetter having announced Monday that Jameis Winston (shoulder) would be shut down for at least two weeks. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will step in as the interim starter, but Griffin will be active for Sunday's game against the Jets as the backup while Winston is unavailable. Griffin was moved to IR on Sept. 4 after suffering the shoulder injury in the second game of the preseason, but he's been practicing for nearly three weeks and is no longer hurting.

Ryan Smith
Smith, who paced the Bucs defense with six tackles over 43 snaps in Saturday's 13-9 preseason loss to the Browns, has racked up 15 total stops over three exhibitions.

Smith has all but locked up a reserve cornerback spot with his strong performances over the first trio of preseason tilts, as he's been able to parlay Brent Grimes' (shin) absence into an opportunity to showcase himself. The second-year player primarily worked as a safety in 2016, but his transition to corner has been a relatively smooth one since the beginning of training camp. In addition to likely serving as the Bucs' nickel corner, Smith is expected to handle duties on kickoff returns.

Devante Bond
Bond (knee) will play in Sunday's tilt against the Vikings, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Bond hasn't played since injuring his knee in mid-August but he was absent from the team's injury report this past week. He'll make his season debut as a backup linebacker behind starters Lavonte David, Kendell Beckwith and Adarius Glanton.

Patrick Murray
Murray drilled field goals of 30, 30 and 35 yards and converted all three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins. He misfired wide right on a 42-yard try in the second quarter.

Murray was near perfect once again, and he came through when it mattered most by drilling a game-winning 35-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. The 26-year-old has been a stabilizing force at a previously volatile position for the Buccaneers, converting 83.3 percent (10-for-12) of his field goals and all eight extra-point tries. He remains a solid mid-tier kicking option, with the inconsistent nature of the Tampa offense the one hindrance to a potentially higher fantasy upside.

Charles Sims
Sims rushed once for three yards and brought in three of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

Sims once again had a nearly non-existent role in the ground game, but he was able to post a trio of receptions for the second straight contest. The fourth-year back's fantasy production stems almost exclusively from his receiving role, limiting his fantasy viability to very deep PPR formats at present.

Will Clarke
Clarke is a coach's decision inactive for Sunday's game against Chicago, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Clarke's inactive status is due to his position near the bottom of the team's depth chart and the Buccaneers' overall health after their unexpected bye week last week.

Channing Ward
Ward (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Panthers.

Ward was promoted from the practice squad Thursday, but he'll ultimately stay on the sidelines Sunday. His last action came in Week 9 against Atlanta, although he saw just four total snaps.

Jacquizz Rodgers
Rodgers rushed once for three yards and returned two kickoffs for 54 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

Rodgers saw only two snaps on offense, but he logged 11 plays on special teams. The veteran back took over as the primary kickoff returner due to the mid-week release of Bernard Reedy, but his offensive role is as minimal as ever. Given current trends, Rodgers' minuscule fantasy value is presently limited to formats that count return yards.

Ali Marpet
Marpet (illness) is active for Sunday's Week 6 tilt against the Cardinals, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Marpet was largely expected to suit up after putting in a full practice Friday. He'll look to help open holes for the running back duo of Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers against a tough Cardinals front.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick will make another start Week 12 in Atlanta, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Jameis Winston (shoulder) was re-evaluated Monday and ruled out for at least one more game. The Bucs don't have much incentive to rush their franchise quarterback back into action, as the team isn't really in the playoff picture even after Fitzpatrick engineered victories the past two weeks. He was impressive in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins, completing 22 of 37 passes for 275 yards, with two touchdowns and no turnovers against a lifeless defense. Fitzpatrick likely will face more of a challenge in Week 12 against an Atlanta team that still has playoff hopes.

Isaiah Johnson
Johnson was promoted to the Rams' 53-man roster Friday.

Johnson has been on the Rams' practice squad since the end of training camp, but did spend some time on the team's 53-man roster in 2016. The 25-year-old will likely serve as a depth option in the secondary and as a special teams contributor.

Antony Auclair
Auclair is active for Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Dolphins, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The Laval University (Canada) product will thus suit up for only the second time in his rookie season, with the first having come in Week 5 against the Patriots. Auclair did not see any snaps in that contest, and he could well be headed for the same fate against Miami. However, his unexpected activation could also mean that head coach Dirk Koetter is willing to spark the offense in any way he can, and Auclair did notably impressive with his downfield receiving ability throughout training camp and preseason. He'll slot in as the third tight end option behind starters Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard versus the Dolphins.

Joe Hawley
No Updates
Javien Elliott
Elliott, battling Robert McClain for the nickel corner job, turned in a strong practice Wednesday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

Despite being victimized by rookie Chris Godwin for a spectacular one-handed touchdown grab in one-on-one drills, Elliott's day was largely a success. He actually had solid coverage on the acrobatic catch, and he also picked off Jameis Winston during team drills during the session. Elliott added a strip of receiver Shaq Hill in one-on-ones, ripping the ball loose just after the pass had arrived. The FSU product recorded 10 tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed in six games last season and logged 38 total snaps (31 on defense, seven on special teams) in last Thursday's win over the Jaguars.

Ryan Russell
Russell (shoulder) posted a solo tackle in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Panthers.

Russell saw his first game action since Week 5 and logged 35 snaps as part of the defensive line rotation. Russell has only notched five tackles in four games this season, but he's expected to take on a larger role now that postion mate Noah Spence (shoulder) has been placed on injured reserve.

DaVonte Lambert
Lambert (wrist) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Lambert dislocated his wrist in Saturday's exhibition. He's unlikely to come off IR until season's end, barring an injury settlement.

Wrist - Injured Reserve
Robert McClain
McClain managed four solo tackles and an interception in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins.

The six-year pro's tackle totals were a bit down after he'd racked up a combined 15 stops over his previous two games, but he managed his first interception since the Buccaneers' Week 2 season opener. McClain has thrived in a starting opportunity and has been providing fantasy owners with solid tackle numbers for a cornerback. The 29-year-old should continue running with the first unit, providing him with an opportunity to continue offering serviceable IDP production in deeper formats.

Freddie Martino
The Buccaneers signed Martino off their practice squad Friday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

It's Martino's second promotion to the Buccaneers in as many weeks. The wideout suited up in the team's Week 10 win over the Dolphins, failing to corral the lone target he saw in his 13 offensive snaps. His role in the offense should be even more marginalized now that Mike Evans is back from a one-game suspension.

Brent Grimes
Grimes (shoulder) posted three solo tackles and an interception that he returned for 28 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

The veteran corner was able to get back on the field after missing the last two games and made an acrobatic interception downfield on a deep post while covering the speedy Robby Anderson early in the second quarter. However, Anderson got a measure of revenge with 28 seconds remaining by beating Grimes on a go route down the right side to get the Jets to within 15-9 at the time. The aforementioned pick was Grimes' second of the season, and perhaps the best news coming out of the game was that he appeared to emerge without setbacks. Grimes will have a crack at his old Dolphins teammates when the Buccaneers make the trip to South Florida in Week 11.

Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
Tu'iklolovatu (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tu'iklolovatu damaged the MCL and meniscus in his right knee. Fortunately, he should be able to return in time for the 2018 campaign.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Gerald McCoy
McCoy (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

McCoy was limited in Wednesday's practice with a lingering shoulder injury, but it appears as though it was a precautionary measure. Following his full session Thursday, look for McCoy to be a full go Sunday in Atlanta.

Nick Folk
The Buccaneers placed Folk, who had been experiencing tendinitis in the knee of his (left) plant leg, on injured reserve Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The injury is only a minor concern for Folk and likely wouldn't have affected his availability for the Buccaneers' Week 6 matchup with the Cardinals, but the move to IR will delay his inevitable release after the team signed Patrick Murray in a corresponding move to serve as its new placekicker. Folk lost the gig after missing three field goals in Tampa Bay's Week 5 loss to the New England, which came after he misfired on a pair of field goals and extra points across the team's first three contests of the season. Once Folk is deemed healthy, he'll be released off injured reserve and become eligible to sign elsewhere, but the accuracy issues he's displayed to date may limit the interest of other teams.

Knee - Injured Reserve
J.R. Sweezy
Sweezy (knee) is not present on the Buccaneers' injury report for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Sweezy finished the week as a full practice participant to avoid the questionable designation. The 28-year-old played against the Jets in Week 10 after a similar practice outlook and is ready to go for this week's game in Miami.

Knee - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
Darryl Tapp
Tapp signed with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tapp was most recently released by the Saints in mid-September. He has 28 career sacks and will presumably provide depth on at defensive end.

Chris Conte
Conte posted nine tackles (eight solo) and recorded his first interception of 2017 in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Panthers.

Conte was highly active on an afternoon when the Panthers logged 31 total rushes. In addition generating a season-high tackle total, the veteran safety also snagged his first interception of the campaign when he picked off a Cam Newton pass intended for Ed Dickson at the Buccaneers' 48-yard line on the opening possession of the second half. Conte is on pace for what would be a career-best 91 tackles, but he's also part of a secondary that's allowing an NFC-high 274.7 passing yards per game.

Cameron Brate
Brate (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Brate apparently picked up an injury in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins, but his recent lack of production is a larger concern than the ankle. After notching five straight games with at least 60 yards in Weeks 4-8, Brate has been held to exactly one catch for 12 yards or less in three consecutive outings. While some form of rebound is likely, Brate may be stuck in a complementary role, playing without Jameis Winston (shoulder) while sharing targets and snaps with O.J. Howard.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 12 at Atlanta
Keith Tandy
Tandy (hip) will not play in Week 6 against the Cardinals, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Tandy turned in limited practices all week, but his progress wasn't sufficient to allow him to suit up Sunday. He'll thus miss his second consecutive contest, meaning either T.J. Ward (hip) -- who's questionable in his own right -- or 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans will man the free safety spot opposite Chris Conte.

T.J. Ward
Ward (hip), who posted four tackles (two solo) while playing 24 snaps in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Bills, is unhappy with his part-time role, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "You've got to talk to coach Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter, but I'm at my wits' end,'' Ward said. "I'm tired of it. ... I mean, that's not why I came here. I did not come here to rotate. I did not come here to be a part-time player."

The 30-year-old worked at free safety Sunday, while Chris Conte and rookie Justin Evans manned the strong safety spot. While Ward saw significantly more playing time than starter Keith Tandy (hip) -- who only logged five snaps while returning from a two-week absence -- he remains dissatisfied with being part of a rotation after serving as a full-time starter for the majority of his seven-year career prior to arriving in Tampa. Considering the Buccaneers secondary has been among the worst in the NFL, head coach Dirk Koetter might be amenable to giving the hard-hitting safety a boost in playing time in an attempt to change things up.