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Bucs-Falcons Inactives: Carl Nassib Ruled Out

DE Carl Nassib's fine first season as a Buccaneer will end a game early as he has been declared inactive for Sunday's finale due to a shoulder injury

View photos of the Buccaneers arriving for the game against the Falcons.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons named their game-day inactives on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET, 90 minutes before kickoff of their Week 17 game at Raymond James Stadium. NFL teams are required to reduce their active rosters to 46 players for each regular-season game.

The season will end a game early for wide receiver DeSean Jackson and DE Carl Nassib, two Buccaneer starters who were declared inactive for the season finale due to injuries. Jackson returned last week from a three-week absence due to a thumb injury but then sustained an Achilles injury in Dallas. Nassib suffered a shoulder injury in the same game and is inactive for the first time this season. Both players were listed a "doubtful" on Friday's injury report so their status on Sunday was no surprise.

There were also two players listed as questionable for the final against Atlanta – linebacker Devante Bond and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul – but both were cleared to play.

One notable name not on the Bucs' list of inactives is quarterback Ryan Griffin. For the second week in a row, Griffin will be the active backup quarterback to Jameis Winston, leaving open the possibility that he will see his first NFL regular-season action.

The Falcons have just one player out due to injury: guard Wes Schweitzer. Schweitzer has been Atlanta's starting right guard since Andy Levitre landed on injured reserve in September.


·     QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

·     TE Tanner Hudson

·     WR DeSean Jackson

·     DE Carl Nassib

·     DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches

·     CB David Rivers

·     S Josh Shaw

Jackson and Nassib are out due to injury.


·     LB Bruce Carter

·     DT Terrell McClain

·     DB Ryan Neal

·     G Wes Schweitzer

·     K Giorgio Tavecchio

·     CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson

·     DT Justin Zimmer

Schweitzer is out due to injury.

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