All right, one last thing left before a laid-back bye week.
The Cardinals are in town for a pivotal game against the Bucs. The Bucs need this one to stay above .500 and keep pace in the NFC South race.
As for who will be on the field to help the Bucs, here's what we know. Gaines Adams moves into the starting lineup at left defensive end. So we should get a good sense of what the kid can do with more playing time today. As you probably know, Greg Spires is out with a calf injury. In other lineup news, Brian Kelly returns (finally) after being inactive most of the season because of a groin injury. Also in the starting lineup is tight end Alex Smith, who returns from an ankle injury that sidelined him two weeks.
The inactives are as follows: RB Michael Pittman (ankle), LB Jeremiah Trotter, DE Patrick Chukwurah (shoulder), LB Quincy Black (hamstring), G Dan Buenning, WR Michael Clayton (ankle) and Spires. I know I said earlier in the week that Chukwurah would play. Guess that's the last time I go to defensive line coach Larry Coyer for injury info. Sure he meant well. He's a great guy. Another note: the Cardinals are missing LB and leading tackler Karlos Dansby who has a knee injury.
Anyhow, I'll be back throughout the afternoon with comments and observations. Let me know if you see something interesting that I haven't referenced. And go ahead and come up with all those puzzling questions that have been racking your brain to see whether you can stump me (probably).