The Bucs will have to wait another week to get two key starters back from injury, as tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and rookie guard Ali Marpet are again inactive for today's game at the Indianapolis Colts.
Seferian-Jenkins misses his ninth straight game with a lingering shoulder injury, while Marpet misses his third straight game with a sprained ankle. Evan Smith, who had been listed as probable with a knee injury, will start at right guard for the third game in place of Marpet....
QB Jameis Winston 3
RB Doug Martin 22
WR Mike Evans 13
WR Vincent Jackson 83
TE Luke Stocker 88
TE Brandon Myers 82
LT Donovan Smith 76
LG Logan Mankins 70
C Joe Hawley 68
RG Evan Smith 62
RT Gosder Cherilus 78
DE Jacquies Smith 56...
D'Qwell Jackson has played a decade in the NFL, but gets his first shot at his hometown team Sunday as the Bucs travel to play his Colts.
Jackson, 32, was born in Largo and starred at Seminole High, and he continues to play at a high level, leading the NFL with 100 total tackles entering this week's games.
Jackson, a linebacker, has had at least 100 tackles in five consecutive seasons, and hasn't missed a game since he missed 26 in a row after tearing both pectoral muscles in 2009-10. He has brought the same leadership to the Colts he had in his first eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who let him go after the 2013 season....
Coming off a 235-yard game in the Bucs' win at Philadelphia, RB Doug Martin needs only 59 yards this week to reach 1,000 for the season, with James Wilder's 31-year-old team season record in play as well in the next six weeks.
Wilder rushed for 1,544 yards in 1984 — on 407 carries, third-most in NFL history — and Martin goes into this week on pace for 1,505 yards. Martin's outstanding rookie season in 2012 ranks second on the list with 1,454 yards....
With six games left in the Bucs' season, it's a time to again ask a question that's been asked for quite some time: Will a Bucs player get 10 sacks this season?
As has been pointed out a few times, the Bucs haven't had a player get to 10 sacks since Simeon Rice in 2005. DT Gerald McCoy and DE Jacquies Smith both have six sacks to tie for the team lead — depending how you like your math, they're only on pace for 9.6 sacks each, putting the elusive 10th sack in jeopardy....
You'd be hard-pressed to find a current NFL rivalry that goes back much farther than Bucs coach Lovie Smith and Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who first faced each other 15 years ago in a Packers-Bucs game in 2000.
Sunday will be the fourth different team Hasselbeck, 40, has suited up for against Smith, and the fourth different team Smith has coached for against Hasselbeck....
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."...
TAMPA — When Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins injured a shoulder in Week 2 against the Saints, the player who is best filling the void left by his extended absence was in street clothes on the other sideline.
Harvard graduate Cameron Brate spent much of his rookie year on the Bucs' practice squad last season, catching a single pass for 17 yards. This year he again missed Tampa Bay's final cuts out of training camp, and a week later, he was released from the practice squad and signed to the same role by New Orleans....
For the third time this season, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has been voted as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, this after throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bucs' 45-17 rout at the Eagles last week.
Winston has won the weekly honor three times and linebacker Kwon Alexander has won twice, so the Bucs have won five times in their 10 games. Winston matched an NFL rookie record with his five touchdown passes Sunday, tying the Bucs' franchise record as well....
The Bucs will play Sunday in Indianapolis with only two players ruled out due to injuries -- defensive end George Johnson will miss a second straight game with his calf injury, while safety Keith Tandy remains sidelined with a concussion.
Coach Lovie Smith said tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has still not been cleared for contact, which suggests he will miss a ninth straight game with his shoulder injury, suffered in Week 2. Both of the team's options at right guard -- rookie Ali Marpet, who started the first eight games, and veteran Evan Smith, who has played the last two -- are limited by injuries, but Smith wouldn't say which player is more likely to start....
TAMPA — For Bucs fans, it is a familiar refrain, announced by game officials before so many offensive plays this season: "No. 64, reporting as an eligible receiver."
And for an offense always looking to establish the run, it means backup lineman Kevin Pamphile is in the game as a sixth offensive lineman — a "jumbo" 315-pound tight end as part of the "heavy" package the team has run 106 times, to strong success....
Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who turned 40 in September, has been playing long enough that he has ties that go back more than 20 years, like the fact that his first offensive coordinator at Boston College was current Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
"He was a really, really good football coach, a great quarterbacks coach, and I feel really lucky that in college I had such good coaching," said Hasselbeck, who has played well this season, throwing for five touchdowns and two interceptions filling in for the injured Andrew Luck....
The Bucs' offensive stars missed out on the NFL's top weekly honors, but linebacker Lavonte David was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after getting two interceptions -- returning one for a touchdown -- in the Bucs' 45-17 win at the Eagles.
David is the second Bucs linebacker to take home the honors this week -- rookie Kwon Alexander was honored after Week 8 -- and it's his second time winning, having won in 2013 as well. He joins Derrick Brooks and Hardy Nickerson as the only Bucs linebackers to win the award twice....
TAMPA — Sunday's record-breaking performances by Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RB Doug Martin have both in contention for the NFL's top weekly honors.
Winston, who has already won NFL rookie of the week honors twice, is one of five nominees this week, having matched an NFL rookie record with five touchdown passes in Sunday's 45-17 win at the Eagles. A win there would be the fifth by a Bucs rookie in their 10 games, with LB Kwon Alexander also winning honors twice....
Another week, another Bucs win, another new edition of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast -- Episode 11, with Rick Stroud and I talking about the Bucs' big win in Philadelphia and this week's game in Indianapolis. Don't forget to send us your questions on Twitter at @gregauman and @NFLstroud and thanks for everyone listening each week -- you can subscribe on iTunes as well ......