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Julio Jones, Donovan Smith won’t play today against Saints

Both veterans suffered injuries last week against the Cowboys.
Bucs veteran left tackle Donovan Smith suffered a hyperextended elbow in last weekend’s season opener against the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.
Bucs veteran left tackle Donovan Smith suffered a hyperextended elbow in last weekend’s season opener against the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. [ MICHAEL AINSWORTH | AP ]
Published Sep. 18|Updated Sep. 18

NEW ORLEANS — Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith and receiver Julio Jones, both of whom suffered injuries in last weekend’s season opener against the Cowboys, are inactive and won’t play today against the Saints.

Other inactive players: quarterback Kyle Trask, running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, tight end Kyle Rudolph, cornerback Zyon McCollum and receiver Chris Godwin. Perennial Pro Bowl tailback Alvin Kamara (ribs) is among the inactive players for the Saints.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles told NFL Network’s Sara Walsh on Sunday morning that Smith, who didn’t practice all week, won’t play. Bowles told reporters earlier in the week that veteran backup Josh Wells would step in at left tackle if Smith couldn’t go.

Wells entered after Smith was injured late in the first half last Sunday and allowed a sack to Micah Parsons on his first series before settling into a rhythm.

“It was fun to get in there and compete with the guys,” Wells said Wednesday. “Obviously, I never want anybody to get hurt, but like I said, my job is to be able to fill in when they need me and help the team win when I’m called upon. Glad we could kind of get the run game going, glad we got the win in a big atmosphere.”

Bowles also told Walsh that Jones, nursing an unspecified knee injury, would be a game-time decision. He wasn’t spotted with the dozen or so Bucs players stretching and running on the field more than two hours prior to kickoff.

Notable for the Saints: quarterback Jameis Winston (back), who had been limited in practice, is on the active list and expected to play.

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