Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th91.5 (26th)262.0 (6th)
Defense31st113.2 (17th)276.1 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19943LSU
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19886California
82Auclair, Antony TE6-52565/28/1993RLaval (Canada)
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
45Cross, Alan RB6-12355/2/19932Memphis
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19906Nebraska
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
67Liedtke, Michael G6-33051/15/19921Illinois State
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
79O'Connor, Pat DE6-427011/1/1993REastern Michigan
27Olatoye, Deji CB6-12057/20/19912North Carolina A&T
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
73Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19895NC State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19896West Virginia
43Ward, T.J. DB5-1020012/12/19868Oregon
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/19932Missouri Western State
85Wilson, Bobo WR5-91861/25/1995RFlorida 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
69Dotson, Demar (IR) T6-931510/11/19859Southern Mississippi
2Folk, Nick (IR) K6-122211/5/198411Arizona
72Gardner, Cole (IR) T6-630111/11/1993REastern Michigan
75Lambert, DaVonte (IR) DE6-22826/23/19942Auburn
74Marpet, Ali (IR) C6-43074/17/19933Hobart
 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
 Bailey, Sterling DE6-32969/13/19921Georgia
49Bullough, Riley LB6-222811/23/1993RMichigan State
 Fleming, Reese DB5-1120212/6/1993RWest Virginia
 Gamble, Patrick DT6-52772/2/1994RGeorgia Tech
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
 Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/19932Ferris State
46Nzeocha, Eric LB6-32184/1/1993RWyoming
 Price, Givens T6-431010/3/19941Nebraska
 Riggs, Cody CB5-918712/28/19913Notre Dame
 Seaton, Brad T6-832511/23/1993RVillanova
 Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/19922Ole Miss
 
 
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Position Listing
Noah Spence
News
Spence's season-ending shoulder injury has been described by head coach Dirk Koetter as "long term," Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

In the same report, however, Laine relays that the Buccaneers are hopeful that the surgery Spence underwent in Colorado after being placed on season-ending injured reserve has corrected the problem. The second-year defensive end dislocated his shoulder a total of four times over a span of 12 months, with the first instance having come in Week 4 of his rookie 2016 campaign against the Broncos. Spence also underwent surgery on the shoulder last Jan. 11 to repair what was at the time a fully torn labrum suffered against the Panthers in the 2016 season finale. A first-round talent that slipped in the draft due to off-the-field concerns, Spence has flashed his pass-rushing acumen over his first 22 career games despite often playing hurt and in a part-time role, collecting 6.5 sacks. He'll look to be ready for the start of OTAs, with further updates on his condition expected as that time draws near.

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 compiled 14 tackles (13 solo) in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions and also recovered a fumble.

David equaled the season high in stops he'd posted back in Week 7 against the Bills. The 27-year-old defensive maven has posted no fewer than six stops in six consecutive contests, and he needs just 15 tackles over the last three games to reach the century mark in that category for a fifth time in his six-year career.

Justin Evans
News
Evans recorded six tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Evans intercepted a Brett Hundley pass intended for Jordy Nelson on Sunday in Green Bay. It was the team's only takeaway of the day. Evans now has three interceptions on the year, which ties him for the lead among rookies.

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 managed 12 tackles (seven solo) -- including two for loss -- in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

After five straight games with double-digit stops, Alexander posted a season-high tackle tally. The third-year linebacker also equaled a season best by making two of those tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Despite having missed nearly five full games due to a hamstring injury earlier in the campaign, Alexander could still make his way to a second straight 100-tackle season if he's able to compile 35 over the Buccaneers' final three contests.

Eric Nzeocha
No Updates
Jameis Winston
News
Winston completed 26 of 38 passes for 285 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions. He also rushed twice for 10 yards and lost a fumble.

Winston fired a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to bring the Buccaneers back from a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit, but Tampa ultimately fell short for the eighth time in the last 10 games. The third-year signal caller had helped put his team in the hole earlier in the game by throwing interceptions in the second and third quarters and fumbling away on a sack, blemishing what was an otherwise strong fantasy day. He spread the ball around for a second consecutive week, as well, connecting with a whopping 11 different pass catchers on the afternoon. Factoring in Sunday's production, Winston has thrown for 555 yards and generated a 4:2 TD:INT ratio in his first two games back from a shoulder injury -- numbers he'll look to improve in a Week 15 Monday night showdown against the Falcons.

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
News
Bullough was promoted from the Bucs' practice squad to their active roster Tuesday, Scott Smith of Fox 13 reports.

Bullough was cut by the team prior to the regular season kicking off. The rookie will now get an opportunity to make an impression with the club as a depth linebacker, as well as a special teams contributor.

Patrick Gamble
No Updates
Mike Evans
News
Evans secured two of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Evans has surprisingly seen his production take a dive with the return of Jameis Winston from a shoulder injury, as he's now brought in just four of 11 targets for 58 yards in the last two contests. Winston has spread the ball around an inordinate amount in both games, which has certainly played a major role in Evans having much fewer opportunities than usual. However, he also hasn't gotten into the end zone since way back in Week 7, leaving him with the second-lowest touchdown total of his career. Evans certainly has the talent and rapport with Winston to snap out of his current funk, a feat he'll look to accomplish in a Week 15 divisional clash against the Falcons.

Alan Cross
News
Cross brought in his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Packers.

Just promoted from the practice squad last Tuesday, Cross saw action on 14 snaps from scrimmage, along with another 20 on special teams. The reserve tight end projects to be used sparingly behind the likes of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard, with his primary value likely to be derived from his run-blocking and special teams work.

Pat O'Connor
News
O'Connor was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Buccaneers must see a lot of promise in the rookie defensive end, as the team released veteran Darryl Tapp in order to make room for O'Connor on the roster. O'Connor spent the preseason with the Lions after being selected in the seventh round of April's draft. He could see some defensive snaps Sunday if starter Robert Ayers -- who continues to deal with a concussion -- is sidelined for the contest.

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.

Sterling Bailey
No Updates
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
Cody Riggs
News
Riggs (hamstring) was absent from the Titans' injury report Wednesday.

Riggs has missed the previous three games, but appears to be trending toward a return in Week 7. He figures to help provide depth in the secondary if he can indeed return to action.

Clinton McDonald
News
McDonald (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Lions, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

McDonald will now miss his second consecutive game after suffering a back injury in Week 12 against the Falcons. He's logged just 18 tackles in 11 games this season, so his absence won't have much of an impact on the Buccaneers' defensive front as long as Gerald McCoy and Chris Baker remain healthy.

Injury
Back - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Atlanta
Deji Olatoye
News
The Buccaneers waived Olatoye on Tuesday, Scott Smith of Fox 13 reports.

Olatoye's third stint on the Bucs' active roster this season has come to an end. The 26-year-old is a likely candidate to revert back to the team's practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.

Michael Liedtke
News
The Buccaneers promoted Liedtke to their 53-man roster Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Liedtke was called up in order to help provide depth on the offensive line. If he gets into Sunday's game against the Packers, it would be the 25-year-old's NFL debut.

Bobo Wilson
News
Wilson was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Wilson spent the preseason with the Buccaneers before being signed to the team's practice squad ahead of Week 1. The team may opt to give Wilson some offensive reps Sunday in Green Bay, but he will most likely spend the majority of his time on special teams given that he is the sixth wideout on the depth chart.

Leonard Wester
News
Wester logged a two-yard touchdown reception on a tackle-eligible play in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Wester briefly engaged in a block before drifting into the left side of the end zone for an easy reception from Jameis Winston in the fourth quarter to bring the Buccaneers within a Patrick Murray extra point of a 21-21 tie. The second-year tackle remains a valued part of the Tampa's offensive line rotation.

Doug Martin
News
Martin believes he was benched after fumbling during a 24-21 loss to the Lions on Sunday, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports. "When you turn the ball over and you fumble, your chances get cut pretty short, so that's what happened there," said Martin.

Martin got the start and had 12 touches in the first half, taking 10 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown and adding 24 yards on two catches. He didn't get another touch after losing a fumble late in the second quarter, allowing Peyton Barber to finish with 12 carries for 58 yards and one catch for five yards. It was a bit surprising to see Barber get just three carries before halftime, given that he had 143 yards on 27 touches the previous week when Martin was out with a concussion in a 26-20 loss to the Packers. Averaging 3.1 yards per carry and 4.7 yards on only 18 targets, Martin already seemed to be losing his grip on the lead role before he lost the fumble in Sunday's game. It's fair to wonder if Barber might take the starting gig for Week 15 against the Falcons on Monday Night Football.

Thomas Sperbeck
Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Atlanta
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 four of seven targets for 41 yards and added one rush for 23 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Jackson paced the Buccaneers in targets on a day when Jameis Winston connected with 11 different pass catchers. While Jackson was effective on his one rush as well, he was under 50 receiving yards for the third time in the last four games. The 31-year-old has struggled to make the type of impact that was envisioned upon his free-agent signing last March, as his current tally of 657 receiving yards is the second fewest of his 10 seasons, while his 13.4 YPC is a career-low figure. Jackson will look to bolster his production against the Falcons in Week 15.

Vernon Hargreaves
News
Hargreaves (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Hargreaves was unable to participate in practice throughout the week and is now slated to miss his fourth consecutive game due to a hamstring injury. Ryan Smith and Brent Grimes are in line to start at cornerback in Week 14, while Hargreaves' next opportunity to return will come in Week 15 against the Falcons on Monday night.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Atlanta
Bryan Anger
No Updates
Robert Ayers
News
Ayers (concussion) posted two solo tackles -- one for loss -- in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

The veteran defensive end returned from his two-game absence and posted at least two tackles for the sixth straight game. Ayers is currently posting his lowest sack total (2.0) since his 2012 campaign in Denver, but his pair of stops against the Lions allowed him to eclipse the 29 tackles he'd amassed in his debut campaign with the Buccaneers in 2016.

Chris Baker
News
Baker posted three solo tackles and a pass defensed in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Falcons.

The 30-year-old tackle has uncharacteristically failed to record a sack this season after totaling 9.5 over his last pair of Redskins campaigns. He's continued to be solid against the run, but Baker is also on pace for his lowest tackle total since his second pro campaign in 2013. Given his overall downturn in production, he's largely devoid of any fantasy value at the moment.

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 brought in four of six targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions. He also lost a fumble.

The rookie tight end turned in his third outing with more than 50 yards in the last four games and also hit pay dirt for the second time over that span. However, Howard also lost the ball in the first quarter on a play that was originally ruled an incomplete pass, but it was correctly determined to be a catch and fumble upon replay review. The miscue aside, Howard has seemingly begun to develop some consistency, as he's posted 11 receptions for 175 yards and a pair of scores in his past four contests. He'll look to continue his strong stretch of play against the Falcons in Week 15.

Adarius Glanton
News
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
News
Smith was removed from the NFL's concussion protocol and will play Sunday against Green Bay, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Smith seemed to be trending in the right direction in his recovery from the concussion after logging a full practice Wednesday, and he apparently passed tests administered by an independent neurologist to get the green light for the Week 13 matchup. He'll likely rotate in at left guard with Kevin Pamphile during the contest.

Evan Panfil
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Josh Robinson
News
Robinson (hamstring) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Robinson isn't quite ready to return after also missing last week's loss to the Packers due to a hamstring injury. Primarily used on special teams, Robinson's absence doesn't have much of an impact on the Buccaneers' defense at this point.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Atlanta
William Gholston
News
Gholston (neck) registered three solo tackles -- including one for loss -- in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Falcons.

The 26-year-old defensive end was back in action after missing the prior two games following his Week 9 neck injury. Gholston recorded his first stop behind the line of scrimmage since Week 3, but he remains without a sack after logging three apiece in each of the past two seasons. Due to his relatively marginal production, he's only a fantasy consideration in the deepest of IDP formats.

Demar Dotson
News
Dotson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The right tackle suffered a torn PCL in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Falcons, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.

Dotson was able to fight through the knee injury and stay in the game Sunday, but follow-up scans prompted the Buccaneers to shut the lineman down for the season. The 32-year-old Dotson had been enjoying a solid campaign despite playing through a hamstring injury prior to hurting his knee. Caleb Benenoch and Kevin Pamphile are the top candidates to fill in at right tackle over the Buccaneers' final five games.

Injury
Knee - PCL - Injured Reserve
Adam Humphries
News
Humphries brought in all three of his targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

The possession receiver played a relatively nominal role once again, with Sunday marking his third consecutive game with at least three receptions. Humphries had a trio of six-catch games within the first five games of the season, but he's settled into a more modest but consistent role since that point. Factoring in his Week 14 production, he's just 10 receptions away from eclipsing the career-best 55 he logged in 2016, a mark he'll look to continue building toward against the Falcons in Week 15.

Chris Godwin
News
Godwin hauled in five of six targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

The rookie unexpectedly paced the Buccaneers in catches and receiving yards, mirroring the career-best numbers in both categories that he'd generated in a Week 11 start against the Dolphins. Godwin has averaged between 12.0 and 19.0 yards per reception in his last five games after posting single-digit YPCs in six consecutive contests in Weeks 4 through 9. With the team playing out the string at 4-9 and starting receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both struggling, the Penn State product could conceivably see an expanded opportunity for the final three contests of the season.

Peyton Barber
News
Barber rushed 12 times for 58 yards and brought in his only target for five yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Although he officially began the game as Doug Martin's backup, Barber ended up outpacing the latter in rushing touches and was much more successful in finding running room. The second-year back has consistently been able to garner positive gains in the rush game in contrast to Martin, who despite scoring a touchdown averaged fewer than 3.0 yards per rush for the fourth time in the last five games Sunday and lost a fumble. Given Barber's continued success and the Buccaneers' spiraling season, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see head coach Dirk Koetter officially promote him to the lead-back role for a Week 15 battle against the Falcons.

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 is being evaluated for a concussion during Sunday's game against the Lions, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smith has played solid all season, compiling 45 tackles (37 solo) and three forced fumbles through 12 games, and he had six tackles before leaving Sunday's game in the third frame. Expect Robert McClain and Javien Elliott to pick up Smith's snaps in his absence.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Atlanta
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 did not make any field-goal attempts and was perfect on three extra-point tries in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Murray didn't have an opportunity for any field-goal attempts for the first time since his Buccaneers 2017 debut in Week 6. However, he remained perfect on extra points for the season by drilling all three attempts. Murray continues to be one of the most consistent kicker options in fantasy circles, having two field goals all season and posting an impressive 2-for-3 tally from 50 yards and beyond. He'll look to boost his production in a Week 15 home tilt against the Falcons.

Charles Sims
News
Sims rushed three times for 16 yards and brought in two of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Sims mirrored his Week 13 rushing line while also posting at least two catches for the sixth straight game. The four-year pro has yet to see more than three carries in any game this season, so his primary fantasy value is essentially limited to deep PPR formats. He'll look to exploit a Falcons defense that's been vulnerable to pass-catching backs in a Week 15 divisional battle.

Will Clarke
News
Clarke recorded three tackles, all solo, two sacks and a pass defensed in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Clarke now has nine tackles and three sacks in 11 games this season. His 34 defensive reps were a new season-high. Look for the veteran defensive end to continue to split reps with William Gholston on Sunday when the Buccaneers face the Lions.

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 did not log any touches from scrimmage but returned three kickoffs for 60 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

The versatile veteran didn't see any snaps on offense for the first time since Week 9, as Doug Martin's return from a concussion made Rodgers the odd man out in the backfield. The seven-year veteran has been minimally involved as a running back since the first three games of the season, when he served as the lead back while Martin finished serving his suspension. As such, his fantasy value remains limited to formats that factor in return yards.

Ali Marpet
News
Marpet (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Buccaneers will sport a retooled offensive line Sunday against the Packers, as Marpet, the team's starting center, will be joined on IR by right tackle Demar Dotson after both players suffered season-ending injuries in the Week 12 loss to the Falcons. Marpet, who had consistently graded out as the Bucs' top offensive lineman this season after making the transition from guard, will likely be replaced in the lineup by Joe Hawley, the team's primary center the past two years.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Ryan Fitzpatrick
News
Fitzpatrick will reprise his backup role in Sunday's game against the Packers with head coach Dirk Koetter naming Jameis Winston (shoulder) the team's Week 13 starter, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Fitzpatrick proved adequate while starting in place of the injured Winston the last three games, leading the Buccaneers to a 2-1 record while completing 57.4 percent of his passes to the tune of 745 yards, three touchdowns and only one turnover. With Winston turning in a full practice and taking every rep with the first team Wednesday, there's apparently no lingering concern about the health of his throwing shoulder, so the 2015 No. 1 overall pick is expected to start each of the Bucs' final five contests of the season.

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 brought in his sole target for 11 yards in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Packers.

The 24-year-old Laval University (Canada) product was active for the fourth time this season, but his catch was the first of his career. Like fellow reserve tight end Alan Cross, Auclair saw action on on 14 snaps from scrimmage overall. He also logged an additional 14 on special teams, an area which still projects to be his primary source of action on the remaining weeks in which he's afforded active status.

Joe Hawley
News
Hawley (illness) returned to practice as a full participant Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The veteran center has been struggling with an illness since last week and missed the Week 13 overtime loss to the Packers as a result. Hawley is slated to handle starting center dutie for the balance of the campaign when healthy now that Ali Marpet (knee) is on injured reserve. Further information on his status should be available on the final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.

Jake Lampman
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The Buccaneers signed Lampman to their practice squad Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Tampa Bay recently promoted Freddie Martino to the active roster to serve as the No. 5 wideout, so Lampman will fill the opening at wideout on the practice squad. It will probably take an injury or two before Lampman earns a promotion of his own, and even in that scenario, it's unlikely he would see many offensive snaps.

Javien Elliott
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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
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Russell (knee) is active for Sunday's Week 14 battle with the Lions.

The reserve defensive end had been trending in the right direction towards the end of the practice week, and this report officially confirms his availability. Russell will slot back in as a rotational player Sunday, as starting defensive end Robert Ayers (concussion) is active and making his return from a two-game absence.

DaVonte Lambert
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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
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The Buccaneers have listed McClain (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets.

McClain opened Week 10 prep as a full participant before seeing his status downgrade to non-participant by Friday, so he is clearly trending in the wrong direction. Barring a remarkable turnaround, it looks like Vernon Hargreaves and Ryan Smith should see increased roles in the secondary Sunday.

Freddie Martino
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Martino brought in his only target for 19 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Making his fifth appearance of the season, Martino recorded his first reception of 2017 in the second quarter. The speedy 26-year-old is firmly ensconced in the latter portion of the Buccaneers' receiver depth chart and isn't guaranteed active status each week, making him a fantasy afterthought.

Givens Price
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Brent Grimes
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Grimes posted three tackles (two solo) and recorded his third interception of the season in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

The veteran defensive back was part of a secondary that allowed Matthew Stafford to rack up 381 passing yards, but he was able to grab his third interception of the season in the second quarter on a deep throw intended for Kenny Golladay. Grimes has logged all three picks in the last seven games, and one more interception over the final three games would give him at least four for five consecutive seasons.

Reese Fleming
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Fleming was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Fleming was with the team in training camp and recorded two tackles in the second preseason contest against the Jaguars. The rookie posted 78 tackles (63 solo), one interception, 15 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over 27 college games. Fellow corner David Rivers was released from the practice squad to make room for Fleming.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Atlanta
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Gerald McCoy
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McCoy fears he suffered a torn biceps during Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions, Roy Cummings of WFLA NewsChannel 8 reports.

McCoy probably has a good idea of what a torn biceps feels like, given that he suffered the same injury in both 2010 and 2011, his first two seasons in the league. The already lowly Tampa Bay defense can't afford to lose its only real pass-rushing threat, but it appears that's what's going to happen. Expect McCoy to head in for an MRI on Monday, with the Buccaneers revealing the extent of his injury soon thereafter.

Injury
Shoulder - Doubtful for Week 15 vs. Atlanta
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.

Injury
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.

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 his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

A week after re-emerging as an offensive factor with a pair of touchdown grabs, Brate was back to playing a minimal role. Meanwhile, rookie tight end O.J. Howard posted his third game in the last four with at least three receptions and 50 yards while also getting into the end zone. The recent trend in the target share and production of both players could be an indication of a changing of the guard to an extent, but given Brate's overall body of work, he's likely to still generate his fair share of productive performances. He'll look to bolster his numbers versus the Falcons in Week 15.

Brad Seaton
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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 (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Ward was unable to practice throughout the week, as he's remained in the league's concussion protocol since suffering the head injury against the Falcons in Week 12. His next chance to return will come in Week 15 against Atlanta at home, while Keith Tandy figures to start at free safety during Ward's absence.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Atlanta