Bucs-Ravens pregame: Bucs will be without middle linebacker Adarius Taylor

Taylor, who has been the team's starter at middle linebacker over the last seven games, will miss Sunday's game in Baltimore to be with his wife, who is about to deliver the couple's first child.
Bucs linebacker Adarius Taylor (53) will miss Sunday's game in Baltimore. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Bucs linebacker Adarius Taylor (53) will miss Sunday's game in Baltimore. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published December 16 2018
Updated December 16 2018

BALTIMORE — Bucs linebacker Adarius Taylor will not play in today's against the Baltimore Ravens. He is with his wife, Kristen, who is expecting the couple's first child in Tampa today.

Taylor, who has taken over starting middle linebacker duties since Kwon Alexander suffered a season-ending torn ACL, did not travel with the team Saturday to Baltimore.

Over the past seven games, since taking over for Alexander, Taylor is third on the Bucs with 33 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss last week against the Saints.

Being without Taylor is especially significant this week as the Bucs face a Ravens offense that has logged 910 rushing yards over the last four games, is the most by any NFL team in a four-game span since the Broncos in 2011.

The Bucs are already thin at linebacker. And Taylor's absence likely means more playing time for backup Riley Bullough. The Bucs could also shift safety Andrew Adams into a hybrid linebacker role.

That's because Tampa Bay will get a boost in the secondary, as both cornerback Carlton Davis and Isaiah Johnson will be active. Davis missed the past two games with a knee injury and Johnson missed last weeks game with a concussion.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson will miss his third straight game with a thumb injury, and for the fourth time in the last five game, safety Justin Evans will be out with a toe injury.

The Bucs had six players listed as questionable on Friday's injury reports, including defensive tackle Beau Allen (wrist), offensive tackle Demar Dotson (knee) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee/hip).

The Bucs' healthy inactives are third quarterback Ryan Griffin, cornerback David Rivers, defensive tackle Raheem Nunez-Roches and tight end Tanner Hudson.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard. 

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