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Updates: November 2021

Keep informed with our daily updates: news, notes and more throughout the Bucs regular season

Nov 27 Updates

On Saturday, the Buccaneers downgraded Ali Marpet's status for Sunday's game against the Colts from "doubtful" to "out" and announced that Marpet would not travel with the team to Indianapolis. Marpet suffered an oblique injury in the Bucs' Monday night win over the New York Giants and was unable to participate in any of the team's practices leading up to the weekend trip.

CLICK HERE to see the Bucs' entire Week 12 injury report.


Nov 26 Updates

After ruling Antonio Brown out for Sunday's game early in the afternoon on Friday, the Buccaneers later released a full injury report that also lists guard Ali Marpet (abdomen) as doubtful and the defensive duo of lineman Vita Vea (knee) and linebacker Devin White (quad) questionable. Tampa Bay's final injury report for Week 12 was 13 players long, but nine of those did not receive game status designations and thus are expected to be available against the Colts. That includes the receiving tandem of Mike Evans (back) and Chris Godwin (foot); Evans did not practice until Friday but both receivers were at full participation in that final practice.

CLICK HERE for more on the Bucs' Friday injury report.


Nov 25 Updates

The Buccaneers got in a two-hour morning practice on Thanksgiving before letting the players and coaches head home to their respective holiday gatherings. The injury report that followed that practice was mostly unchanged from the day before, although quarterback Tom Brady and defensive linemen Steve McLendon were given "vet days" off. Guard Ali Marpet (abdoment) and wide receiver Mike Evans (back), both of whom were injured in Monday night's win over the Giants, did not return to the practice field. There was some good news, as wide receiver Chris Godwin graduated from limited participation on Wednesday to full-go status on Thursday. Also, inside linebacker Devin White was able to get in a limited workout after being held out on Wednesday.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed look at the Bucs' Thursday injury report.


Nov 24 Updates

The Bucs' first injury report of Week 12 was mainly an estimation of the status of several players because the team replaced its usual full-speed practice with a walk-through due to the short week following Monday night's game. That said, had the team been holding a full practice, inside linebacker Devin White, wide receiver Mike Evans, guard Ali Marpet and wide receiver Antonio Brown all would have sat out. White (quad) and Evans (back) have new injuries from Monday's game, though both finished that contest. Marpet did not come back to the game after sustaining an oblique injury.

In more positive news, defensive lineman Vita Vea was listed as a limited participant after missing the last game due to a knee injury.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed look at the first injury report of Week 12.

Carlton Davis, who is on injured reserve with a calf injury suffered in Week Four, returned to practice on Wednesday but is not likely to be in the game plan for Sunday's contest in Indianapolis. Head Coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday that he doubted the fourth-year cornerback would be ready to go by the weekend, and the Buccaneers have a 21-day window in which Davis can practice with the team but not count against the 53-man limit. Arians plans to get Davis a lot of snaps to help him get his legs back by using him on the scout team in practice.

The Buccaneers also re-signed wide receiver John Hurst to the practice squad after wide receiver Jaydon Mickens was signed off that unit by the Jaguars.

CLICK HERE for more on the Bucs' Wednesday roster moves.


Nov 23 Updates

Defensive lineman Vita Vea was carted off the field in Week 10 after sustaining a knee injury on the final defensive play of a loss at Washington, a scene that obviously conjured up memories of the ankle injury that cost him three-quarters of the 2020 season. Fortunately, Vea was diagnosed with a relatively mild MCL strain and a bone bruise and it appears the injury will only cost him one game. Bruce Arians had a variety of updates on injured players on Tuesday afternoon, and most of it was cause for optimism.

"As far as Ali [Marpet], it's an oblique, so we'll have to wait and see how sore he is Wednesday and Thursday and what he can do. Probably won't be until the end of the week before we know. Vita should be ready to go. He was real, real close [to playing Monday night]. With not having any practice last week, I didn't really want to put him out there. Guys stepped up. Stevie [McLendon] stepped up. Carlton [Davis], we'll wait and see. Hopefully, we can activate him when we start practicing this week. 'AB' (Antonio Brown), he's making progress. Again, we'll wait and see Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday will pretty much be walk-through, but we'll see Thursday for sure."

CLICK HERE to listen to the entirety of Arians' day-after-game press conference.


Nov 22 Updates

Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and long-snapper Zach Triner were activated from injured reserve on Monday, just hours before the Buccaneers' scheduled 8:15 p.m. kickoff against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Both players have been on injured reserve since sustaining injuries in the season-opening win over Dallas, and both are now eligible to play against the Giants. Murphy-Bunting's return is rare piece of good news for a cornerback group that has been hit harder by injuries than any other position on the team.

CLICK HERE for more on the Buccaneers' Monday roster moves.

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been with the Buccaneers for two weeks and he's been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster for both games in that span. Teams may only use two standard elevations per season on any given player. With Antonio Brown still sidelined by an ankle injury and Scotty Miller not yet activated from injured reserve, Perriman's elevation gives the Buccaneers five receivers to keep active potentially on Monday night against the Giants.

CLICK HERE for more details on this week's practice squad elevation decision.


Nov 20 Updates

Tight end Rob Gronkowski did not practice on Saturday but that was the normal "vet day" he gets at the end of the week, not evidence of a setback after he practiced without limits on Thursday and Friday. Gronkowski is listed as questionable for Monday's game but would likely play if he does well during warmups. Bruce Arians, on what he needs to see to know that Gronkowski is ready to return: "The way he's moving around pregame. We'll get a good look at him pregame. He moved around really well yesterday. He doesn't practice on Friday anyway, this being a normal Friday but it is Saturday. We'll have to see how he goes, and if he plays, monitor his workload."

The only player ruled out for Monday's game on Saturday was wide receiver Antonio Brown, although defensive lineman Vita Vea is considered doubtful due to his knee injury.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed look at the Bucs' Week 11 injury report, which includes three players listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Scotty Miller and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting remain on injured reserve but both have practiced with the team for the past two weeks. The Buccaneers have two open spots on the 53-man roster and could activate either Miller or Murphy-Bunting - or both - on Monday afternoon. Bruce Arians said those decisions are still to come but that both players have convinced him that they could return soon. "I think Sean has shown me that he's probably ready to go, and we'll just see if we're going to make that roster move yet," said Arians. "Scotty, it's just a matter of need, really, because we have enough receivers. We have BP (Breshad Perriman) for another week. We'll wait and see where that one goes, but he's ready."

CLICK HERE to hear all of Arians' comments in his last press conference of the week.


Nov 19 Updates

Head Coach Bruce Arians said the Buccaneers would sort out at the end of the week which players may return from injured reserve and which injured players on the active roster are available, but he also said that cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, in particular, was making good progress. Murphy-Bunting hasn't played since he suffered a dislocated elbow in the opener, and when he returned to practice he was slow to fully use that arm. That isn't a problem anymore. "I saw him in press coverage get his hands on people this week," said Arians. "He's made a couple interceptions using both arms, so yeah, I can see good progress from Sean."

The Buccaneers would have to activate Murphy-Bunting from IR for him to play on Monday against the Giants. The same is true of wide receiver Scotty Miller, who has also been practicing with the team the past two weeks.

CLICK HERE to hear all of Arians' thoughts on the roster on Friday.

Quarterback Tom Brady was given the day off - a "vet day" in coaching parlance. This is the first vet day of the season for Brady, who leads the NFL with 27 touchdown passes. The Buccaneers had a bonus practice on Wednesday to start the week leading up to Monday night's matchup with the Giants, so Brady will still get the usual amount of work in.

CLICK HERE to listen to Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich talk about Brady's motivation.

CB Dee Delaney remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, as Head Coach Bruce Arians noted on Friday, but he did make some progress towards returning to action on Friday. After sitting out the entire practice on Thursday, Delaney was involved in a limited fashion in the team's Friday workout. Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) went in the opposite direction, from full participation to limited work on Friday but that is still quite a bit more practice time than he has gotten in a week in more than a month. Wide receiver Chris Godwin (foot) was limited for a second straight day. Defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches was added to the injury report on Friday with an ankle ailment.

CLICK HERE for a closer look at the changes to the Bucs' injury report on Friday.

Nov 18 Updates

On Thursday, outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul participated in a full-speed practice for the first time since October 8. Pierre-Paul has been managing a painful shoulder injury for nearly two months, and while he hasn't missed a game since Week Four he has rarely taken part in practice as the team tries to make sure he is ready for game day each week. However, the veteran edge rusher was a full participant in the Bucs' Thursday workout, half of which was conducted in pads. Pierre-Paul spoke afterward and said he wanted to get back into practice in order to be more prepared for the physical nature of the games. "I've gotta feel it, man, I've gotta feel it," he said. "Even though I'm in pain, I've got to feel it."

CLICK HERE to watch Jason Pierre-Paul's interview on Thursday.


Tight end Rob Gronkowski was a full participant in Thursday's practice, fueling optimism that he'll be able to return on Monday night against the Giants after a lengthy absence due to rib and back injuries. Gronkowski most recently played in Week Eight at New Orleans as he tried to come back from his original ribs injury but was only able to make it through six snaps before experiencing back spasms. He was off to a hot start to the season prior to his injury against the Rams in Week Three, with 16 catches for 184 yards and four touchdowns.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) did not practice and wide receiver Chris Godwin was limited due to a foot injury. Godwin was limited by the same injury during last week's series of practices but did play against Washington on Sunday.

CLICK HERE for a closer look at Thursday's injury report.


Nov 17 Updates

The Buccaneers placed cornerback Richard Sherman on injured reserve on Wednesday due to the calf injury he sustained before Sunday's game at Washington. Sherman becomes the fourth cornerback on the team's current IR list, though Sean Murphy-Bunting may be closing in on being activated. Sherman hasn't played since initially suffering a hamstring injury at Philadelphia in Week Six.

CLICK HERE for more on Sherman's placement on IR.

The Buccaneers designated long-snapper Zach Triner as "returned to practice" on Wednesday, beginning a three-week period in which he can practice with the team without counting against the 53-man roster limit. He can be activated from injured reserve at any point during those 21 days. Triner has been on injured reserve since suffering a torn tendon in a finger on his left hand in the season opener.

CLICK HERE for more on Zach Triner's status.


Nov 16 Updates

The Buccaneers once again used all four of their protection options on the practice squad in Week 11, giving that designation to kicker Jose Borregales, tight end Darren Fells, wide receiver Breshad Perriman and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Both Fells and Perriman were elevated for Sunday's game at Washington and were active, though they only played three combined snaps on offense.

CLICK HERE for more on the Bucs' Week 11 practice squad protections.


Nov 15 Updates

In his day-after-game press conference on Monday afternoon, Head Coach Bruce Arians delivered some good news regarding the status of standout nose tackle Vita Vea. Vea suffered a knee injury on the final defensive snap of Sunday's game at Washington and had to be taken off the field on a cart. However, an MRI on Vea's knee revealed only a "slight" MCL injury and a bone bruise, which means he may not miss too much time. However, Arians said he did not expect cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) back in action "anytime soon."

CLICK HERE to watch Bruce Arians' Monday press conference.


Nov 13 Updates

The Buccaneers elevated wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Daniel Fells from the practice squad, making them available to play in Sunday's game at Washington. Perriman and Fells just signed with the Bucs' practice squad on Wednesday but the team heads into the weekend with injury concerns at those two positions. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Rob Gronkowski have been ruled out for the Washington game and wide receiver Chris Godwin is considered questionable to play.

CLICK HERE for more on the Bucs' Week 10 practice squad elevations.


Nov 12 Updates

The Buccaneers lost a third cornerback to injured reserve on Friday when fifth-year man Rashard Robinson landed on that list due to a hamstring injury sustained on Wednesday. Robinson had already been ruled out for Sunday's game at Washington but now he will have to miss a minimum of three games before returning to the active roster. The Buccaneers did not immediately fill the open spot on their 53-man roster but could choose to activate cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting or wide receiver Scotty Miller from the practice squad.

CLICK HERE for more information on Friday's roster move.

WR Chris Godwin, who was sidelined on Wednesday and Thursday due to a foot injury, took a step in the right direction on Friday by taking part in practice in a limited capacity. Head Coach Bruce Arians said Godwin did "just enough" to make his availability for Sunday's game a possibility. How the team's leading receiver feels on Saturday after that Friday field work will likely be the deciding factor. Godwin was listed as questionable on the week's final injury report.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed look at Friday's injury report.

WR Scotty Miller and CB Sean Murphy-Bunting continued to practice on Friday and are eligible to be activated from injured reserve any time before November 23. After practice on Friday, Head Coach Bruce Arians said that either of the two players "could be" activated in time to be eligible for Sunday's game at Washington.

CLICK HERE to watch Bruce Arians' entire Friday wrap-up.


Nov 10 Updates

The Buccaneers' first injury report of Week 10 included four players who sat out practice on Wednesday, and the surprise name on the list was that of wide receiver Chris Godwin. Head Coach Bruce Arians said Godwin is dealing with a foot injury and that the team would have to wait and see if the ailment will put his availability for Sunday's game in Washington in jeopardy. Godwin is Tampa Bay's leading receiver with 50 catches for 660 yards and four touchdowns.

The other three players who didn't practice were wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul. Brown has missed the Bucs' last two games and Gronkowski the last four.

CLICK HERE for a closer look at Wednesday's injury report.

Wide receiver Scotty Miller, who has missed five games with a turf toe injury, was on the field Wednesday and, according to Head Coach Bruce Arians, he "ran around" well. Arians drew a distinction between running and being ready to play a football game, but Miller is obviously progressing towards a return relatively soon. Miller says he will be working this week to demonstrate to his coaches that he is ready to get back into game action. The third-year receiver is currently on injured reserve but is about halfway through a 21-day window in which he can practice with the team and be activated at any time.

CLICK HERE to watch Miller's press conference on Wednesday. CLICK HERE for more on the progress of Miller and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting.

The Bucs switched out a couple spots on the practice squad Wednesday without changing the overall positional makeup of that 16-man unit. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman replaced wide receiver John Hurst and tight end Darren Fells replaced tight end Deon Yelder. In both cases, the Buccaneers added a veteran pass-catcher with a significant amount of NFL experience. In fact, Perriman's most successful season came with the Buccaneers in 2019.

CLICK HERE for more on Wednesday's roster moves.


Nov 9 Updates

The Buccaneers used all four of their practice squad protection options for Week 10, making sure other teams couldn't sign away tight end Codey McElroy, kicker Jose Borregales, safety Troy Warner and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson before Sunday's game at Washington. McElroy is back on the list for the first time since Week Five, possibly because the Buccaneers remain unsure about Rob Gronkowski's availability by the weekend. The Bucs have already used both of McElroy's practice squad elevation options, so if they wanted him to be available for the game on Sunday they would need to promote him to the active roster.

CLICK HERE for more details on the players protected in Week 10.


Nov 8 Updates

The Buccaneers held a "bonus practice" on Monday after returning from their bye week, and Head Coach Bruce Arians provided some updates on injured players afterward. One Buccaneer who is still not practicing is wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is still wearing a walking boot to treat an injured ankle. Arians said it was uncertain at the moment whether Brown or tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) would be back in time for Sunday's game at Washington.

CLICK HERE for more of Bruce Arians' thoughts on the Bucs' injured players.


Nov 2 Updates

The Buccaneers didn't practice on Tuesday but they did get two players back into practice mode, technically. Wide receiver Scotty Miller and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, both currently on injured reserve for elbow and toe injuries, respectively, were designated by the team as "returned to practice." That opens a 21-day window during which either or both can be activated to the 53-man roster at any point. The Buccaneers won't return to practice until next Monday but Miller and Murphy-Bunting can get in some work together on the field in the interim.

CLICK HERE for more on the status changes for Miller and Murphy-Bunting and what it could mean for the weeks ahead.


Nov 1 Updates

The Buccaneers began their bye week on Monday, which will give the team's relatively lengthy list of injured players some additional time to rest and recover. Head Coach Bruce Arians said the team would know more about the status of those players when the team reconvenes next week to begin preparing for a Week 10 road game against Washington. However, Arians did have an encouraging update on three players who are currently on short-term injured reserve: cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting (elbow) and Carlton Davis (calf) and wide receiver Scotty Miller (toe).

"I think we'll know more when we are back, but Sean and Carlton look like they are making really good progress. Scotty Miller is also."

CLICK HERE to watch Arians' entire day-after-game press conference.


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