As expected, the Bucs ruled out two key starters — receiver Vincent Jackson (knee) and defensive tackle Akeem Spence (ankle) — against the Rams tonight.
Starting middle linebacker Bruce Carter was listed as doubtful, but he had a boot on his injured ankle Tuesday and didn't practice Wednesday, so he's likely out. That means Danny Lansanah will be third starter in the middle in as many games for Tampa Bay, with Orie Lemon — re-signed last week — likely the strongside linebacker.
Left guard Logan Mankins, who played through an ankle injury Sunday and didn't practice Tuesday, returned in a limited capacity and is listed as questionable.
Of the two injured defensive ends, George Johnson (calf) was upgraded to full participation, while Jacquies Smith (hamstring) remained limited; both are questionable after missing multiple games.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (hand) and weakside linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) are probable.
The Rams will be without defensive end Robert Quinn, 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.