TAMPA — Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander has been ruled out for tonight's game against the Patriots, missing a third straight game with a hamstring injury.
Linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and safety Keith Tandy (hip) have not practiced this week and are doubtful. The same is true for safety T.J. Ward, but he had limited participation in practice Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving open the possibility of him playing tonight.
Rookie Kendell Beckwith and backup Adarius Glanton will again step into every-down roles in place of Alexander and David — they played every snap Sunday against the Giants and combined for 15 tackles. If Tandy and Ward are both out, the Bucs would likely start rookie Justin Evans, who played 45 snaps Sunday and had three tackles filling in after Tandy was injured.
The Patriots' injury report had running back Rex Burkhead and cornerback Eric Rowe ruled out, with All-Pro tight end TE Rob Gronkowski added to the injury report as being questionable with a thigh injury.
Chiefs' Reid calls out player: Chiefs coach Andy Reid denounced All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters' direction of profanities at fans during Monday night's game against visiting Washington, saying "we can't go in that direction." Reid said the situation, which was caught on camera, has "been addressed." He declined to say what kind of punishment, if any, was meted out. Peters was burned for a pair of touchdowns during the Chiefs' 29-20 win. After the game, he spoke for about 50 seconds in another profanity-filled exchange with reporters. He called his performance "hella week" before saying he was going to "go get loaded" and leaving the locker room. Peters drew the ire of some fans for sitting during the national anthem again. He stood for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
COLTS: Andrew Luck, who missed all of the offseason and training camp due to surgery for a partially torn labrum in his right throwing shoulder, was cleared to stretch with teammates, participate in some quarterback drills and throw a few passes at less than full velocity. Coach Chuck Pagano has already said Luck won't play Sunday against San Francisco.
GIANTS: Former Florida center Jon Halapio was signed off the practice squad. Starting center Weston Richburg is in the concussion protocol after being injured against the Bucs.
PACKERS: Davante Adams returned to practice after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan that led to the receiver being carted off the field on a stretcher. Adams is in the concussion protocol.
SAINTS: Starting rookie linebacker Alex Anzalone was placed on injured reserve after hurting his shoulder Sunday. The third-round pick injured the same shoulder while playing at Florida and missed the better part of two full seasons.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.