TAMPA — With starting right guard Alex Cappa out with a left elbow injury, offensive lineman Aaron Stinnie will be active for the Bucs for the first time this season.
Veteran Earl Watford will start at right guard today against the Colts, but Stinnie will provide added depth at the guard spot.
Stinnie's only regular season action on offense this year is 14 snaps in Week 3 while he was with the Titans against Jacksonville.
Other than Cappa, rookie receiver Scotty Miller (hamstring) and outside linebacker Anthony Nelson (hamstring) are out due to injury, as well as primary punt return man T.J. Logan, who broke his thumb fielding punts in practice on Friday.
The Bucs won’t have much experience at the punt return position today. With second punt returner Miller out, Justin Watson will return punts, something he’s never done in an NFL regular season game. Sean Murphy-Bunting could also see opportunities there.
Other than being the team’s primary third-down back, Dare Ogunbowale will return kicks.
The Bucs' other inactives today are outside linebacker Kahzin Daniels, offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jordan Leggett.
As expected, the Colts will get running back Marlon Mack, a former USF standout, from injury. He will be playing for the first time in three weeks, and will give a Colts run offense that ranks fouth in the league at 139 yards a game.
Mack averages 19.2 carries and 86.2 rushing yards a game.
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