Bucs inactives and a possible lineup change at linebacker
The Bucs are preparing for kickoff here at the Superdome in New Orleans, and we now have today's inactive lists.
For Tampa Bay, defensive tackle Frank Okam (calf) and guard Jeremy Zuttah (knee) are out with injuries. The other inactives include receiver Sammie Stroughter, cornerback Myron Lewis, linebacker Zac Diles, tackle James Lee and defensive end Tim Crowder.
Stroughter makes his return after missing six games with a foot injury, but with Preston Parker having played well in the slot during Stroughter's absence, there's not much opportunity for Stroughter right now.
In addition, Lewis is inactive for the second straight game, his role continuing to be reduced as Elbert Mack takes on his role in dime packages (six defensive backs). Crowder seems to be inactive in exchange for George Johnson, who is active.
Elsewhere, the Bucs are said to be contemplating a change at weak-side linebacker, where Adam Hayward could replace Geno Hayes in the starting lineup today. Hayward played middle linebacker in place of Mason Foster in the Bucs' last game, against the Bears. We'll get an official answer at kickoff, which is 30 minutes away.
For the Saints, linebacker Jon Vilma and running back Mark Ingram are inactive as a result of injuries.