Thursday, September 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' McDonald, Martin out; Ayers back for Raiders game

TAMPA — The Bucs' starting defensive line isn't quite back together again just yet.

DT Clinton McDonald, limited in practice all week with a hamstring injury, will miss a third straight game, as he and RB Doug Martin were ruled out in Friday's injury report.

The team should get DE Robert Ayers back for the first time since Week 2 — he was upgraded to full participation Friday and had suggested on his weekly radio show that he would get to make his home debut against the Raiders. DT Gerald McCoy, limited by a calf injury the past two days, is expected to play.

THIS AND THAT: QB Jameis Winston was not fined for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Sunday at San Francisco, questioning the spot of a play. By the league's fine schedule, such a penalty for actions against an official can result in a fine of $12,154. … RB Peyton Barber, who rushed for 84 yards and had a 44-yard touchdown Sunday, was a finalist for rookie of the league's week honors, which ultimately went to Chargers DE Joey Bosa, who had two sacks in a win against the Falcons.

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FOWLER, JAGS UNDER FIRE: A day after perhaps the most embarrassing loss in his four-season tenure, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley still had a job — and a lot frustration about lack of discipline during a 36-22 drubbing at Tennessee, which came five days after a home loss to Oakland.

CB Jalen Ramsey, a rookie from FSU, was penalized for hitting a player well out of bounds and DE Dante Fowler, a former Lakewood High and UF standout, was flagged for throwing a punch.

"There's never an excuse for not playing with great effort," Bradley said. "We won't, cannot and will not tolerate lack of discipline, things under our control. We have a standard that we place. If you're not meeting that standard, get your butt going."

Owner Shad Khan has decided against a coaching change for now, and Bradley (14-41 in three-plus seasons) vowed to keep his staff status quo during a small break. The Jaguars visit the Chiefs on Nov. 6.

Fowler's penchant for silly penalties particularly angered Bradley.

"It's selfish and with those acts there are consequences," Bradley said. "Every player is different. If there's a guy that's really riled up, I'm not going to put him in the situation where he's going to hurt the team. So to say that everybody is treated equally, well every situation is different, and knowing the players and knowing where they're at and that's the decision I have to make."

Fowler, who was benched for the remainder of the first half after his penalty, has been flagged eight times this season, twice for personal fouls.

On Sunday the Jaguars had a late meltdown against the Raiders. WR Marqise Lee was flagged for using a racial slur, DT Malik Jackson was ejected after two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and Ramsey was tossed for fighting.

On Friday, the league fined Lee $12,154 and Jackson $24,309. Other notable fines: 49ers DE DeForest Buckner, $9,115 for unnecessary roughness against the Bucs; Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry, $24,309 for a crackback block; Bills OL Richie Incognito, $9,115 for throwing an opponent's helmet; and Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa, $12,154 for pretending to take a picture after Landon Collins' touchdown.

MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER HAS ALZHEIMER'S: Former coach Marty Schottenheimer has been battling Alzheimer's disease for the past five years, ESPN reported. Schottenheimer, 73, seventh in NFL all-time victories with 200, said of himself and his wife, Pat: "The Lord's blessed us. I mean, there's no other way I can identify it. We're doing really good."

KEY INJURIES: Seahawks DE and former Buc Michael Bennett (cartilage issue in right knee) is out Sunday and possibly longer. … Cowboys QB Tony Romo did not practice Friday as he tries to return from a back injury sustained Aug. 25, and was ruled out for Sunday.

BRONCOS: RB C.J. Anderson tweeted that his right knee surgery was a "super success,'' but there was no timetable for his return.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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