Bucs say McCoy, Martin, Sims, Ayers 'doubtful' for Monday
The Bucs are keeping the door open on some of their injured players suiting up in Monday's game at Carolina.
Six players who have been sidelined with injuries, including three who haven't practiced at all this week -- DT Gerald McCoy (calf), RB Doug Martin (hamstring) and RB Charles Sims (knee) -- are listed on the team's final official injury report as "doubtful," which is better than ruling them out, but still translates as "unlikely to play."
DE Robert Ayers (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and TE Luke Stocker (ankle), who had some limited participation in practice this week, are also listed as doubtful, though Ayers and McDonald haven't practiced since Thursday. WR Cecil Shorts, who will miss a third straight game with a hamstring injury, is the only player officially ruled out.
Five more players are listed as "questionable," which translates more promisingly to "uncertain to play" -- CB Brent Grimes (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (hip), C Evan Smith (back) and S Keith Tandy (calf), who all participated fully in Saturday's practice, along with rookie DE Noah Spence (shoulder), who had limited participation Saturday.
It's enough injuries that the Bucs may need to make a roster move or two just to have sustainable depth at some positions -- if Martin and Sims are out, they'd have only two running backs in starter Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber; if all four defensive linemen listed can't play, they'd have only six healthy for Monday, so they'd likely need to promote at least one from the practice squad. The Bucs have dressed three running backs and eight offensive linemen in each of their first four games.