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Bucs-Colts Inactives | Devin White, Vita Vea Cleared to Play

Tampa Bay's run defense against the NFL's leading rusher should be more stout on Sunday with the return of DL Vita Vea and the continued presence of ILB Devin White

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the game will feature one of the best examples of a strength-on-strength battle in the entire NFL. The Colts' offense features the NFL's leading rusher, Jonathan Taylor, but the Buccaneers counter with the league's top-ranked rush defense, which is looking to give up the fewest rushing yards for the third straight year.

And the Buccaneers will have a better chance of holding their own in that matchup with the red-hot Taylor after both inside linebacker Devin White and defensive linemen Vita Vea were cleared to play before Sunday's game. Vea is returning from a one-game absence due to a knee injury while White sustained a quad injury in the Bucs' Monday night win over the Giants. Both were limited in practice throughout the week.

However, Tampa Bay's offense will be without wide receiver Antonio Brown for the fifth game in a row as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. That position did get a bit of a boost this week with the return of Scotty Miller from injured reserve, and he is one of five receivers who will be active for the Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Bucs' offense has a new injury concern in Week 12. Starting left guard Ali Marpet suffered an oblique injury on Monday night and was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report. That designation was downgraded to out on Saturday and Marpet did not travel with the team. Aaron Stinnie will start at left guard as the Buccaneers' offensive line misses a start from one of their original five for the first time all season. First-year lineman Nick Leverett will be active for a game for the first time in his career.

Tampa Bay and Indianapolis each submitted a list of their inactive players at 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, 90 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of their Week 12 meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Buccaneers came into the day with a 53-man roster and thus had to name five players inactive in order to get down to the game limit of 48.

Indianapolis had perhaps their best player on each side of the ball listed as questionable on Friday's injury report but both left guard Quenton Nelson (ankle) and linebacker Darius Leonard (quad) were able to return to full practice at the end of the week. Neither was among the Colts' list of five inactives on Sunday.

BUCCANEERS INACTIVES

  • S Andrew Adams
  • WR Antonio Brown
  • G Ali Marpet
  • QB Kyle Trask
  • RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Brown and Marpet are out due to injury.

COLTS INACTIVES

  • DE Ben Banogu
  • T Julién Davenport
  • T Will Fries
  • RB Marlon Mack
  • WR Mike Strachan

None of the Colts' inactives are out due to injury.

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