Bucs journal: Six ruled out for Sunday’s game in Green Bay


TAMPA — As expected, the Bucs will be impacted heavily by injuries Sunday at Green Bay, with six players ruled out in Friday’s final injury report.

The Bucs will be without RB Doug Martin, DE Robert Ayers, S T.J. Ward (all with concussions), DT Clinton McDonald (back), CB Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) and special teams captain Josh Robinson (hamstring), with their depth on defense especially tested.

Four players on offense are listed as questionable. QB Jameis Winston (shoulder), WR DeSean Jackson (foot) and TE Cameron Brate (hip) are expected to play. Backup OT Leonard Wester was added to Friday’s injury report with an ankle injury.

With McDonald out, the Bucs have only three defensive tackles available, including seldom-used Sealver Siliga. If Wester can’t play, the Bucs would have only six healthy offensive linemen, though G Mike Liedtke from the practice squad is traveling with the team and could be promoted if necessary.

With No. 3 QB Ryan Griffin likely joining the inactives, two rookies should be making their NFL debuts in former Florida State WR Bobo Wilson and DE Pat O’Connor.

Been there

The Bucs haven’t played at Lambeau Field in six years, and their roster turnover has been heavy enough that no current players have played for the Bucs in Green Bay.

TE Luke Stocker, who was waived by the Bucs on Tuesday, did play in the 2011 game — one catch for 1 yard — but DT Gerald McCoy was out with an injury and OT Demar Dotson was inactive.

Odd as it sounds, two of the Bucs’ rookies played against each other at Lambeau last fall while still in college.

"It was a good experience — we got a chance to tour everything, learning all the history there," said LB Kendell Beckwith, who played with LSU in its season-opening loss to Wisconsin. "It was pretty neat. The atmosphere was cool."

Beckwith had seven tackles in the game, including a stop on fourth and 1. The winning Wisconsin team included RB Dare Ogunbowale, who joined the Bucs’ practice squad on Wednesday.