Saturday, October 20, 2018

Bucs rule out six players for Sunday vs. Packers

As expected, the Bucs will be impacted heavily by injuries on Sunday at Green Bay, with six players ruled out in Friday's injury report.

The Bucs will be without RB Doug Martin, DE Robert Ayers, S T.J. Ward, DT Clinton McDonald, CB Vernon Hargreaves and special-teams captain Josh Robinson, with their depth on defense especially tested.

Four players on offense are listed as questionable — QB Jameis Winston (shoulder), WR DeSean Jackson (foot) and TE Cameron Brate (hip) are still expected to play Sunday. Backup OT Leonard Wester was added to Friday's injury report with an ankle injury.

Will the Bucs need to make any roster moves to bolster their depth because of injuries? With McDonald out, they have only three defensive tackles available, including seldom-used Sealver Siliga; if Wester can't play, the Bucs would have only six healthy offensive linemen, though guard Mike Liedtke from the practice squad is traveling with the team and could be promoted if necessary.