Only Jackson, Spence ruled out for Bucs vs. Rams
TAMPA -- As expected, the Bucs will play Thursday night against the Rams without at least two key starters, as WR Vincent Jackson (knee) and DT Akeem Spence (ankle) were both ruled out in Tampa Bay's injury report Wednesday.
The Bucs kept alive the possibility of starting middle linebacker Bruce Carter playing, listing him as doubtul, but he had a boot on his injured ankle Tuesday and didn't practice Wednesday, so he's almost certainly out against the Rams as well.
That means Danny Lansanah will be the Bucs' third starter in the middle in as many games, with Orie Lemon -- re-signed just last week -- likely the strongside linebacker.
Left guard Logan Mankins, who played through an ankle injury Sunday and hadn't practiced Tuesday, returned in a limited capacity Wednesday and is listed as questionable, though he's expected to play.
Of the team's two injured defensive ends, George Johnson (calf) was upgraded to full participation Wednesday while Jacquies Smith (hamstring) remained limited; both are listed as questionable after missing multiple games.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (hand) and weakside linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) are both listed as probable and have had full participation in each of the last two days.
The Rams will be without defensive end Robert Quinn, listed as out with a back injury, but they are likely to have former Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was upgraded to full participation and is probable as he recovers from a concussion.