Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Bucs

Bucs-Colts: Tampa Bay fills in for injured guard Alex Cappa out; Indy gets back USF standout Marlon Mack

Aaron Stinnie will be active for the first time in a Bucs uniform. Colts’ running game gets boost with top rusher’s return
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) [MICHAEL CONROY | AP]
Published Dec. 8, 2019

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.

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

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. NFC linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hands Sean Silverthorn, of Largo, Fla., two tickets to the Super Bowl after a practice for the NFL Pro Bowl football game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
    At this time last year, he was a player without a team. Now, having earned his place among the game’s greats, the Buccaneers outside linebacker is making dreams come true for him, his family and a...
  2. In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the team's NFL football Super Bowl parade in New York. Manning, who led the Giants to two Super Bowls in a 16-year career that saw him set almost every team passing record, has retired. The Giants said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 that Manning would formally announce his retirement on Friday. [JULIO CORTEZ  |  AP]
    The two-time Super Bowl MVP is calling it quits after 16 seasons.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, center, talks with kids while playing games during the fourth annual Dream Forever Foundation Football Camp held last June in Tampa. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Winston, who played at Florida State, is from Alabama, where the private historically black liberal arts college is located.
  4. In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) on the sidelines,during the first half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
    The wide receiver’s trainer was arrested following accusations that he and Brown attacked another man near Brown’s home, authorities said.
  5. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. [CHARLIE RIEDEL  |  AP]
    A report from the NFL Network says there’s increasing chatter about Rivers and the Bucs at the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala.
  6. Former Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, left, started a Twitter beef with San Francisco's Richard Sherman, right, on Sunday. [TIMES FILES, ASSOCIATED  PRESS]
    The former Pro Bowl cornerback throws shade at the 49ers star for not shadowing top receivers.
  7. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, center, is interviewed by Terry Bradshaw after the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers won 37-20 to advance to Super Bowl 54 against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ  |  AP]
    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch joins an impressive list of former Bucs players, coaches and executives to reach the Super Bowl in recent years.
  8. San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who finishes with 220 yards rushing and four TDs, breaks away from the Green Bay Packers during the first half of their NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. [TONY AVELAR  |  AP]
    Little-known Raheem Mostert, a former skateboarder-turned-surfer-turned-football player out of New Smyrna Beach High, has a historic game, rushing for 220 yards and four touchdowns.
  9. Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill catches a touchdown pass in front of Tennessee Titans defensive back Logan Ryan during the first half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. [CHARLIE RIEDEL  |  AP]
    KC falls behind once again, this time 10-0, before rallying in the AFC Championship Game.
  10. East quarterback James Morgan, of Florida International University, (12) during the first half of the East West Shrine football game Saturday. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
    Morgan, who leads his East team to a pair of touchdowns, raises his draft stock as do a few others the Bucs should keep an eye on.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement