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Bucs' injury situation in 'good shape'

TAMPA — DE George Johnson and S Keith Tandy were ruled out for the Bucs' game Sunday in Indianapolis, and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins still hasn't been cleared for contact, making it unlikely he will play.

Johnson will miss a second straight game with a calf injury. Tandy has a concussion.

"We're in good shape," coach Lovie Smith said Friday. "We have (only) a couple of guys out. This time of year, that's a good thing."

Seferian-Jenkins could miss a ninth straight game with his shoulder injury, suffered in Week 2 against the Saints. The Bucs last week listed him as questionable, but he's doubtful this week, which means he's less likely to play than he was last week.

Both options at right guard — rookie Ali Marpet, who started the first eight games, and veteran Evan Smith, who has played the past two — were upgraded to full participation. Evan Smith (knee) is listed as probable. Marpet (ankle) is questionable, though both could be active Sunday.

Rookie DE Josh Shirley, who was inactive last week with a calf injury, is listed as probable after participating fully in the past two practices.

MORE HONORS: For the third time this season, QB Jameis Winston has been voted by fans as rookie of the week, this after throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bucs' 45-17 rout of the Eagles on Sunday. Winston's three weekly honors are the most for any QB since 2012, when the Redskins' Robert Griffin III won seven times and the Colts' Andrew Luck won three times.

Bucs LB Kwon Alexander has won the rookie honor twice, so the Bucs have won it five times in their 10 games. That equals the team's total in the award's first 13 seasons. RB Doug Martin won once in 2012, RB Cadillac Williams three times in 2005 and WR Michael Clayton once in 2004.

Colts' starting tackle out: Starting LT Anthony Castonzo will miss his first game since 2011 with a sprained right MCL, coach Chuck Pagano said. QB Andrew Luck will miss his second straight game with a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Bucs defensive end George Johnson, front, is expected to miss a second straight game with a calf injury.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Bucs defensive end George Johnson, front, is expected to miss a second straight game with a calf injury.

Bucs' injury situation in 'good shape' 11/27/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2015 11:27pm]
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