Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TB-DET Inactives: Russell Cleared to Play

Amid four players ruled out Friday and three more making their returns after missing one or more games, the Bucs' only question mark on Sunday was the status of DE Ryan Russell

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions named their game-day inactives on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, 90 minutes before kickoff of their Week 14 contest 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 four players, all on defense, on Friday: cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, safety Josh Robinson and safety T.J. Ward. All four will be missing at least their second straight game. However, three players who were sidelined by injuries last weekend in Green Bay – defensive end Robert Ayers, running back Doug Martin and center Joe Hawley – are all ready to return to action.

Defensive end Ryan Russell started the week as a practice non-participant due to a knee injury but improved steadily during the week and has been cleared to play as well.

The Lions will be without starting right tackle Ricky Wagner due to an ankle injury, forcing them to start their eighth different offensive line combination of the season. The most significant thing about Detroit's inactive list, however, is the one name not found on it: quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford is dealing with a right hand injury suffered last week against Baltimore, and he was limited in practice, but he will make his 109th consecutive start on Sunday in Tampa.

BUCCANEERS INACTIVES

  • QB Ryan Griffin
  • CB Vernon Hargreaves
  • OL Mike Liedtke
  • DT Clinton McDonald
  • S Josh Robinson
  • S T.J. Ward
  • WR Bobo Wilson

Hargreaves, McDonald, Robinson and Ward are out due to injury.

LIONS INACTIVES

  • RB Ameer Abdullah
  • CB Jamal Agnew
  • LB Nick Bellore
  • T Emmett Cleary
  • WR Bradley Marquez
  • T Ricky Wagner
  • RB Dwayne Washington

Wagner is out due to injury.

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