Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense14th82.8 (28th)262.4 (3rd)
Defense27th109.9 (14th)266.4 (29th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
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
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
18Reedy, Bernard WR5-817512/31/19911Toledo
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
 Golson, Senquez CB5-91767/7/19933Ole Miss
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
70Liedtke, Michael G6-33051/15/19921Illinois State
16Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19912North Greenville
 Murray, Justin T6-53044/19/19931Cincinnati
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
News
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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Jude Adjei-Barimah
News
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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Lavonte David
News
David posted eight tackles (seven solo), including two for loss, in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

The sixth-year linebacker continues to rack up the stops, and outside of a pair of three-tackle outings, he's tallied at least seven tackles in each contest thus far in 2017. That level of production puts David well ahead of last year's pace, one that led to a career-low 87 tackles. The Pro Bowler has also already equaled his career high with four forced fumbles and established a new high-water mark with four fumble recoveries. He'll look to continue churning out superior IDP production against the Dolphins in Week 11.

Justin Evans
News
Evans compiled seven tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

The rookie safety was in on all 69 snaps Sunday and has posted at least six stops in five of his last six games. Evans has supplanted Keith Tandy for the starting free safety job, and his sure tackling renders him a viable IDP option despite the fact he's only forced one turnover -- an interception -- through his first nine NFL contests.

Cameron Lynch
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Deondre Barnett
Injury
Kwon Alexander
News
Alexander posted 10 tackles (six solo), including two for loss, in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Panthers.

Alexander has gotten right back to his usual level of production since returning from his multi-week hamstring injury. The third-year linebacker has racked up 19 stops (12 solo), including three for loss, over the two games since his return, corroborating his standing as an elite IDP option. He'll look to continue building his 2017 resume versus the Saints in Week 9.

Eric Nzeocha
No Updates
Jameis Winston
News
At this stage, the Buccaneers have no plans to shut Winston (shoulder) down for the rest of the season.

Coach Dirk Koetter relayed Monday that the expectation remains that Winston will play again this season, but for now the QB is resting his throwing shoulder and Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the team's starting signal-caller in Week 11, backed up by Ryan Griffin. Once Winston's shoulder is re-evaluated, the Bucs will determine how best to move forward with their franchise QB, but at this juncture it remains to be seen exactly when that will transpire.

Injury
Shoulder - AC Joint - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 11 at Miami
Sealver Siliga
News
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
News
Evans has served his one-game suspension and will return for Sunday's game at Miami, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The brief ban derived from Evans' hit on the Saints' Marshon Lattimore in Week 9. In Evans' place, Chris Godwin got the start and turned 10 targets into five receptions for 68 yards. Expect such volume to be swallowed up by Evans upon his imminent return.

Alan Cross
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Clinton McDonald
News
McDonald posted one solo tackle, a sack, and also notched a pass defensed in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

The veteran tackle recorded his first quarterback takedown since Week 6, along with his first pass break-up of the season. McDonald has been rather quiet on the tackle front in 2017, compiling just 18 stops through nine games after posting 36 in 12 contests last season. However, he remains a valued member of the defensive line rotation, in part because of his ability to collapse the pocket.

Michael Liedtke
No Updates
Bobo Wilson
News
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
News
Martin rushed 20 times for 51 yards and failed to bring in either of his targets in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

After logging a season-low eight rushes in the Week 9 loss to the Saints, Martin was back to a much more normal workload Sunday. However, he found running room hard to come by, leading to his third game with less than 3.0 yards per carry over the last four contests. Martin appears to be running with good burst, so a substantial part of his struggles could likely be laid at the feet of his offensive line. He'll have a chance to get his numbers up against the Dolphins in a Week 11 road tilt.

Thomas Sperbeck
Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 11 at Miami
Kevin Pamphile
News
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
News
Jackson brought in six of 10 targets for 82 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

As expected, Jackson saw a slight increase in attention with Mike Evans (suspension) out of uniform. The veteran speedster accounted for nearly half of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's yardage and managed season-best reception and target totals in the process. Jackson is still looking to establish some downfield success, however, as his longest reception of the season is a relatively modest 41 yards. He'll look to build on Sunday's effort against the Dolphins in Week 11.

Vernon Hargreaves
News
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 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.

Injury
Hamstring - Out for Week 11 at Miami
Bryan Anger
No Updates
Robert Ayers
News
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.

Chris Baker
News
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
News
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
News
Howard secured one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Saints. He also lost a fumble.

The fact that Howard gave the ball away in his own territory on his only catch was a perfect summation of the type of day it was for the Buccaneers offense. The rookie's forgettable introduction to the NFL continued Sunday, as the game marked his seventh with one catch or less. Howard continues to see plenty of playing time -- logging 37 offensive snaps Sunday -- but he simply hasn't been able to forge any consisent role in the passing game. With Jameis Winston's status uncertain for next week and beyond due to his shoulder troubles, the prospect of Howard seeing a second-half breakout are even dimmer for the time being. He'll look to generate better numbers against the Jets in Week 10.

Adarius Glanton
News
Glanton posted eight tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Vikings.

After a productive training camp and preseason earned him a spot on the 53-man roster, Glanton filled in admirably at strong-side linebacker Sunday while Kendell Beckwith slid over to the middle in place of Kwon Alexander (hamstring). The third-year pro primarily served as a special teams asset in his first Bucs campaign last year, but the added playing time on defense he's seen thus far in 2017 has him just three stops shy of equaling his career high of 13. Glanton could be in for an expanded role in the coming weeks with Alexander potentially missing additional games and Lavonte David (ankle) also set for a multi-week absence.

Evan Smith
News
Smith (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Smith missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, but the center was able to participate in limited fashion Friday and will be available to provide depth on the offensive line in Week 2.

Evan Panfil
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Josh Robinson
News
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.

William Gholston
News
Gholston (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Dolphins by head coach Dirk Koetter, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The 26-year-old defensive end endured some tense moments in the Week 9 loss to the Saints when he was carted off the field with his injury, but he has been slowly working back toward normal functionality. Gholston was still wearing a neck brace last week, and it doesn't appear as if he'll return to the practice field until Week 12 prep begins, at the earliest.

Injury
Neck - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 11 at Miami
Demar Dotson
News
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.

Adam Humphries
News
Humphries secured two of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

As expected, Humphries' role didn't change despite the absence of Mike Evans (suspension), with the third-year receiver carrying out his usual slot duties. Humphries has seen a downturn in production over the last month irrespective of who's been behind center, as he's posted a modest 10 receptions (on 15 targets) for 70 yards in the last four games. Those numbers are underwhelming for fantasy owners still hanging on to him in deep PPR formats, but it's worth noting he's proven capable of much better production (four straight games with 51 receiving yards or greater earlier this season) under the right circumstances. He'll look to boost his numbers back up Week 11 against the Dolphins.

Chris Godwin
News
Godwin brought in five of 10 targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

Getting his first extended audition as an NFL receiver, Godwin acquitted himself relatively well, setting career highs across the stat sheet. The Penn State product also recovered the Jets' last-gasp onside kick with 28 seconds remaining, ensuring the Buccaneers snapped their five-game losing streak. With Evans slated to be back in action in Week 11 against the Dolphins, Godwin is likely to slot back into his No. 4 receiver role, but he certainly flashed enough potential Sunday to likely earn himself a bump in targets moving forward.

Luke Stocker
News
Stocker secured both of his targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Saints.

The blocking tight end got into the end zone for the first time since Week 15 of the 2015 season when he secured an eight-yard scoring throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. Despite the unexpected production Sunday, Stocker retains next to no fantasy value in any format, as evidenced by the fact that he'd logged just one catch this season prior to Week 9.

Peyton Barber
News
Barber lost two yards on two rushes in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

One week after leading the Buccaneers backfield in rushes with 11, Barber saw only seven offensive snaps, while Doug Martin (36 snaps) and Charles Sims (22 snaps) handled the majority of the work. To an extent, head coach Dirk Koetter appears open to tweaking the makeup of the rushing attack in an attempt to jump start a largely moribund offense, but he still understandably seems to have a distinct preference for Doug Martin as his lead back in non-blowout scenarios. Barber's role thus remains largely unpredictable week-to-week, keeping him off the fantasy radar in even the deepest of formats for the time being.

Ryan Griffin
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Murray successfully converted field-goal attempts of 29, 49 and 37 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets. He did not have any extra-point attempts.

Murray's performance in the single-digit win perfectly crystallizes his value to the Buccaneers' struggling offense. With touchdowns particularly hard to come by over the last three games, Murray has become a valuable source of scoring, and his contributions Sunday were pivotal to the victory. Ryan Fitzpatrick was unable to get Tampa into the end zone until the latter half of the fourth quarter, but he did enough to generate a trio of successful drives earlier in the contest. Murray was able to cap off each of those marches with points, allowing the Bucs to build a 9-3 lead prior to them finally hitting paydirt. While the team's offense is a bit on the lackluster side with Fitzpatrick behind center, Murray still retains fantasy value due to his accuracy and long-distance leg.

Charles Sims
News
Sims rushed three times for 20 yards and brought in three of four targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

Sims' rushing total, modest as it was, checked in second on the team behind Doug Martin's. He also hit paydirt for the first time this season when he brought in a six-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter, giving the Buccaneers some much-needed breathing room. While the running game has often been dominated by Martin since his return from suspension, Sims has managed to retain a mostly consistent role in the passing game the majority of weeks. However, he remains a fantasy consideration in only the deepest of PPR formats.

Will Clarke
News
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
News
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
News
Rodgers rushed three times for 12 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

The final stat line looks decidedly insignificant on the surface, but the modest three carries that Rodgers saw over six snaps actually represented a notable upgrade over his recent level of involvement. Rodgers had logged a combined two rushing touches over the prior three contests, making him the forgotten man in the backfield over that span. Even under the circumstances of a sizable second-half deficit Week 9, during which Doug Martin was given an early hook, it was Peyton Barber, not Rodgers, who was handed the reins of the rushing attack. However, Rodgers was at least part of the action Sunday, resurrecting the possibility that he could begin seeing regular touches again in a complementary role.

Ali Marpet
News
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
News
Fitzpatrick will start Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This merely confirms what Jameis Winston (shoulder) hinted at Wednesday when he said he'd be shut down from football activities for at least two weeks while rehabbing his AC joint sprain and rear deltoid injury. There's still some chance he'll require surgery or a prolonged period of rest, in which case Fitzpatrick would take over as the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The 34-year-old was competent as a mid-game replacement against the Cardinals in Week 6 and Saints in Week 9, but he struggled as the starter in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets, completing 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Buccaneers at least will get Mike Evans back from suspension for Sunday's matchup with a soft Miami pass defense.

Isaiah Johnson
News
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
News
Auclair (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt versus the Bears, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The towering tight end from Canada will take a seat in the Bucs' season opener, as the team boasts a crowded tight end depth chart helmed by the talented duo of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

Joe Hawley
No Updates
Senquez Golson
News
Golson signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

A 2015 second-round pick of the Steelers following a successful college career at Ole Miss, Golson's NFL tenure has been marred by a series of injuries that have prevented him from ever getting on the field in a regular-season game. Golson has been unsigned since being released by the Steelers during final cuts in early September, and the Buccaneers will presumably take the balance of the campaign to see what he might have to offer heading into next season.

Javien Elliott
News
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
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Wrist - Injured Reserve
Robert McClain
News
McClain (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

McClain started his Week 10 prep as a full participant, but he was downgraded to doubtful by the end of the week. Hopefully, Week 11 isn't a replica, and for now there are no signs pointing that direction. McClain compiled 28 tackles (23 solo) three pass breakups and a pick six through seven games this season. However, until he can produce a consistent tackle count, fantasy owners shouldn't deploy him in most circumstances.

Freddie Martino
News
Martino is signing with the Buccaneers' practice squad, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martino was cut by the Buccaneers on Monday but has passed through waivers and now will re-join the team as a member of the practice squad. The wideout seemed to impress the coaching staff with his performance on special teams Sunday -- his only game action this season.

Justin Murray
News
Murray was released Friday by the Broncos, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Murray was entering his second season in the NFL, but was seen as just a depth option for the Broncos at offensive tackle.

Bernard Reedy
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Reedy returned three punts for 48 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets. He did not log any plays from scrimmage and fumbled once.

The 25-year-old speedster saw all nine snaps on special teams after having received one touch from scrimmage in three of the previous four games. Reedy is unlikely to see any increase in his offensive role barring multiple injuries at the receiver position, as he holds significant value as the team's primary returner. Factoring in Sunday's production, Reedy is averaging an impressive 10.9 yards per punt return and is posting an average of 20.7 yards on his seven kickoff runbacks.

Brent Grimes
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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
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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.

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Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Gerald McCoy
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McCoy (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

McCoy was able to put in a full practice Friday, resulting in him avoiding the questionable tag for the Week 11 matchup. The five-time Pro Bowler had his most disruptive game of the season in last Sunday's victory over the Jets, logging two sacks as part of a four-tackle effort.

Nick Folk
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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.

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Knee - Injured Reserve
J.R. Sweezy
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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.

Darryl Tapp
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Tapp posted two solo tackles, including one sack and another tackle for loss, in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

The veteran pass rusher was active for the first time in a Tampa uniform and immediately paid dividends by notching his 29th career sack. With William Gholston (neck) sidelined Sunday, Tapp played on 33 percent (23 snaps) of the Buccaneers' defensive plays, but that volume is likely to take a hit once the former returns to the field. As a result, Tapp remains off the IDP radar for the moment, although he could gain a measure of relevance in deeper formats if Gholston's absence persists for multiple games.

Chris Conte
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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
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Brate brought in just one of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets.

Brate had secured five targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick in previous games this season, but he was somewhat of the forgotten man Sunday. The fourth-year tight end has actually endured a lackluster last two games, posting just two catches (on seven targets) for 19 yards during that stretch. However, Brate's body of work and talent certainly give him ample opportunity to bounce back, which he'll try to accomplish in a Week 11 road tilt against the Dolphins.

Keith Tandy
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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
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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.