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Bucs-Browns Inactives: Davis and Whitehead Cleared

Defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Vinny Curry are inactive, as expected, but the secondary will still have the services of rookies Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead

View photos of the Buccaneers arriving for their game against the Cleveland Browns.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns named their game-day inactives on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET, 90 minutes before kickoff of their Week Seven game at Raymond James Stadium. NFL teams are required to reduce their active rosters to 46 players for each regular-season game.

The Buccaneers had already ruled out starting defensive linemen Vinny Curry and Gerald McCoy on Friday. Two other defensive starters, rookie defensive backs Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead, were considered questionable for Sunday's game but both were cleared to play.

With Curry and McCoy unavailable, defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches will be active for the first time as a Buccaneer and defensive end Noah Spence will round out the team's seven-man D-Line rotation. Carl Nassib is expected to start at left end with rookie Vita Vea stepping at defensive tackle for McCoy.

The Browns had three players ruled out as the weekend began: CB E.J. Gaines, wide receiver Rashard Higgins and linebacker Joe Schobert. Starting center JC Tretter was Cleveland's one question mark over the weekend; he has been cleared to play. The Browns traded veteran RB Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville late in the week and did not fill the resulting spot on their 53-man roster. Thus, they only had to name six inactives to get down to 46 on Sunday.


·    G Alex Cappa

·    DE Vinny Curry

·    QB Ryan Griffin

·    DE Demone Harris

·    OL Michael Liedtke

·    DT Gerald McCoy

·    RB Shaun Wilson

Curry and McCoy are out due to injury.


·    DT Carl Davis

·    CB E.J. Gaines

·    WR Rashard Higgins

·    LB Joe Schobert

·    WR Da'Mari Scott

·    QB Drew Stanton

Gaines, Higgins and Schobert are out due to injury

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