Robert Ayers back for Bucs today; Martin, McDonald still out
DE Robert Ayers, out since Week 2 with an ankle injury, is active for the Bucs' home game against the Raiders today, adding a big boost to Tampa Bay's pass rush.
While Ayers and Gerald McCoy (calf) are active and can start against Oakland, the Bucs are still without DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), as well as RB Doug Martin (hamstring) for the fifth straight game.
The Bucs' other inactives are simply healthy scratches -- rookie DE Channing Ward won't play as the ninth DL, CB Johnthan Banks is inactive for the second straight game, and rookies Caleb Benenoch and Leonard Wester are inactive as the eighth and ninth offensive linemen. Ryan Griffin, as the third QB, is also not dressed.
The Raiders will start Austin Howard at right tackle for the third game in a row as starter Menelik Watson is again inactive with injury. The Raiders have started three different right tackles in their eight games this season. Also inactive for Oakland are CBs Dexter McDonald and Antonio Hamilton, Watson and OT Matt McCants, TE Ryan O'Malley, DT Stacy McGee and QB Connor Cook.