Chiefs face Bucs without Pro Bowl CB Marcus Peters
Good morning from Kansas City -- the inactives for today's Bucs-Chiefs game are out, and the Bucs are catching a major break, as Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters, who leads the NFL with five interceptions, is inactive for today's game with injury.
The Chiefs lead the NFL in interceptions and total takeaways, but Peters, a second-year corner who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, is a major part of that. The Chiefs are also without top receiver Jeremy Maclin, who is out again with injury, but they will get outside linebacker Justin Houston, who makes his season debut today after being injured for the first nine games -- he had 22 sacks in 2014, so he adds a significant threat to their pass rush.
As for the Bucs, center Joe Hawley is back after missing last week's game with a knee injury -- he's active and will start at center, so the Bucs are only missing one starting offensive lineman in left guard Kevin Pamphile, who misses a second straight game due to concussion. It's expected that rookie Caleb Benenoch will start in his place at left guard.
The Bucs' inactives are three injured players -- Pamphile, C Evan Smith and RB Jacquizz Rodgers -- plus third QB Ryan Griffin and three other healthy scratches in rookie OT Leonard Wester and defensive tackles John Hughes and Sealver Siliga. The Bucs will dress just three true DTs in Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence, though their bigger ends like Will Gholston and Robert Ayers will slide inside in the nickel package.
WR Russell Shepard, who had touchdowns in each of his last two games before injuring his hip, is back after missing the last two games.