TAMPA — The only player ruled out for Sunday against the Saints is CB Brent Grimes, who will miss a second straight game with a shoulder injury. CB Robert McClain, who missed last week's game while in concussion protocol, has been fully cleared to return, as has special teams captain Josh Robinson, who missed three games after suffering a concussion against the Patriots.
"Our coverage team has played okay in his absence, but (Robinson) is one of the best cover guys in the league," Koetter said. "Josh takes his special teams very serious."
Five players were listed as questionable: QB Jameis Winston (shoulder), DT Chris Baker (ankle) and WR Adam Humphries (ribs) were at full participation Friday, while DE Robert Ayers (ankle) and LB Kendell Beckwith (knee) were limited.
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DT Clinton McDonald is the team's nominee for the NFL's Salute to Service Award for the second year in a row. The award goes to players who are most committed to honoring and supporting the military and their families. … The season-ending knee injury to Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson hit home for Koetter, who knew Watson as a Falcons ball boy while in high school when Koetter was an assistant. "DeShaun worked training camp for us every year before he went to Clemson, so we know what a great kid he is and what a great person he is," he said. "We are all very fortunate to be in this business. But you can never lose sight of the worst part of this game, the injuries to the players."