Injuries piling up for Bucs after loss to Falcons
Injuries have already impacted the Bucs' season, especially at running back and defensive line, but another wave of injuries suffered in Thursday's loss to the Falcons could force more roster moves in the next week.
The biggest names who were injured Thursday -- QB Jameis Winston left the game with a knee injury and LB Kwon Alexander was sidelined with a stinger -- do not look to be injuries that would carry over to next weekend's home game against the Bears. Winston said his knee was fine, and Alexander said he wouldn't miss any games. WR Mike Evans took a nasty hit on the sidelines and was being evaluated for a concussion after the game, but it's unknown whether that will carry over to a game in 10 days.
Other injuries, however, appear to be potentially significant:
-- DE Howard Jones, a reserve used mostly as a nickel pass-rusher, had his left knee in a full brace and was on crutches after the game. The Bucs have already lost George Johnson (hip) and Jacquies Smith (knee) to season-ending injuries this season, with Robert Ayers just returning last week after missing four games.
-- RB Antone Smith, signed after the Bucs had injuries to their top two running backs, was also on crutches after injuring his left knee during the game. Smith had five carries for 25 yards and three catches for 27 yards, and the Bucs already have three backs sidelined in Doug Martin (hamstring), Charles Sims (hamstring) and Jacquizz Rodgers (foot).
-- C Joe Hawley, who has left games briefly with injuries three times this season, left Thursday with a knee injury and did not return. He was replaced by Evan Smith and was not seen in the locker room after the game.