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Bucs Nation Oct 15, 2017
Buccaneers and Cardinals hope to rescue their seasons

Buccaneers and Cardinals hope to rescue their seasons

The Bucs and Cardinals play at 4:05 p.m. today. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Arizona Cardinals today, as the Bucs hope to get back into the NFC South race and the Cardinals hope to rescue what remains of their season. The Bucs are two-point favorites, but have been pretty disappointing so far this season. A win, especially a dominant one, would go a decent way toward restoring some hope in the Bucs fandom—especially if Patrick Murray manages to actually hit all of his kicks. With T.J. Ward and Lavonte David returning today, the Bucs are only missing one significant player to...
Bucs Nation Oct 15, 2017
Inactives: Lavonte David, T.J. Ward return

Inactives: Lavonte David, T.J. Ward return

The inactives for the Buccaneers and Cardinals are in. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have Lavonte David and T.J. Ward back today against the Arizona Cardinals, after injury kept them out for the previous two games. That’s two Pro Bowlers and a big boost to a very inconsistent defense, which could be just the boost the Bucs need. Unfortunately, starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander isn’t ready to return yet. Kendell Beckwith will take his place, as he has for the past three games. Keith Tandy is also absent with an injury, though he likely would have lost much of his playing time to...
Bucs Nation Oct 14, 2017
Lavonte David, T.J. Ward will play against the Cardinals

Lavonte David, T.J. Ward will play against the Cardinals

That’s what Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said today. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get to Pro Bowl defenders back against the Arizona Cardinals tomorrow: safety T.J. Ward and linebacker Lavonte David will suit up after missing the past two games with an injury. That’s what head coach Dirk Koetter said on Sirius XM NFL today, per the Tampa Bay Times. He also said that Robert Ayers and Ali Marpet will play (both were listed as questionable), while Kwon Alexander and Keith Tandy won’t. The latter two are close to returning to play, but this week is still too soon. Having David and Ward...
Bucs Nation Oct 13, 2017
Lavonte David, T.J. Ward likely to play against Cardinals

Lavonte David, T.J. Ward likely to play against Cardinals

The Bucs are getting their star defenders back. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to play a fourth game without star middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, who was ruled out again, despite actually participating in practice this week. He’ll once again be replaced by rookie Kendell Beckwith, who’s done a very good job so far. Also ruled out: cornerback/special teams ace Josh Robinson with a concussion, defensive end Ryan Russell with a shoulder injury, and safety Keith Tandy with hip injury. Robinson’s absence is the most impactful, as he’s a key part of the Bucs’ dominant punt...
Bucs Nation Oct 11, 2017
Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David return to practice

Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David return to practice

The Buccaneers may have their star linebackers back on the field on Sunday. Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David rejoined the rest of their Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates in practice today, albeit in a limited fashion. Alexander has been out since week two with a hamstring injury, while David has missed the past two games with an ankle injury. It’s not clear whether the two star linebackers can return to action against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but this is a good sign. If they do return, the Bucs will have an interesting problem: what do they do with impressive rookie linebacker...
FOX Sports Oct 5, 2017
Buccaneers without LBs Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David against Patriots

Buccaneers without LBs Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David against Patriots

The Buccaneers will also be without safeties Keith Tandy and T.J. Ward.
Bucs Nation Oct 5, 2017
Rob Gronkowski, T.J. Ward out for Buccaneers vs. Patriots

Rob Gronkowski, T.J. Ward out for Buccaneers vs. Patriots

The inactives for Thursday Night Football are out. Rob Gronkowski will not play tonight. The New England Patriots star tight end is officially inactive after suffering an injury on the final day of pre-game practice. The Patriots will also miss cornerback Eric Rowe and running back Rex Burkhead due to injury, while they left veteran defensive lineman Alan Branch at home after a very disappointing start to the season. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have plenty of injuries to cope with, too. Starting linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander are both out, as are starting safeties...
Bucs Nation Oct 4, 2017
Kwon Alexander ruled out for Buccaneers vs. Patriots

Kwon Alexander ruled out for Buccaneers vs. Patriots

Lavonte David is unlikely to play, too. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the New England Patriots on Thursday night, and will have to do so without star middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. The team has officially ruled him out with a hamstring injury for the third straight game. Alexander will be replaced by Kendell Beckwith, as he has been since he first got injured in game one. The good news: Beckwith has been outstanding. The bad news: Beckwith is a rookie, and he’s facing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Bucs will also almost certainly have to line up without linebacker Lavonte David and...
Bucs Nation Oct 3, 2017
Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David continue to miss Buccaneers practice

Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David continue to miss Buccaneers practice

T.J. Ward returned to action, though. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will probably have to play the New England Patriots without at least three of their defensive starters. Linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander as well as safety Keith Tandy missed the second consecutive day of practice, making it very unlikely they’ll be able to play on Thursday night. David and Alexander both missed Sunday’s game against the New York Giants and were adequately replaced by Kendell Beckwith and Adarius Glanton, but the Patriots have always been excellent at exploiting rookie defenders. Tandy’s...
Bucs Nation Oct 1, 2017
Can a healthier Bucs team beat the New York Giants?

Can a healthier Bucs team beat the New York Giants?

The Bucs got a lot of players back from injury. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not a very healthy team last week. They were missing Kwon Alexander, Chris Baker, Jacquies Smith and Brent Grimes and saw almost every other defensive starter leave the game at one point or another. That’s part of the reason why they suffered a blowout loss. So with a slightly healthier team this week, can the Bucs bounce back? Kwon Alexander is still absent and Lavonte David and T.J. Ward have joined him, but Grimes, Smith and Baker return to action, and they are unlikely to be decimated by injury again....
Bucs Nation Oct 1, 2017
Brent Grimes, Jacquies Smith active, Lavonte David out for Buccaneers

Brent Grimes, Jacquies Smith active, Lavonte David out for Buccaneers

The inactives for the Buccaneers and Giants are in. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will suit up against the New York Giants without starting linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, as well as Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward. Other than those three players, though, the Bucs are entirely healthy. Most notably, cornerback Brent Grimes will play after missing last week’s game. Defensive end Jacquies Smith will also play for the first time since game one of 2016 (!), while defensive tackle Chris Baker returns from the flu and defensive end Noah Spence plays through a shoulder injury. Kendell...
Bucs Nation Sep 29, 2017
The Bucs defense is injury-wracked again

The Bucs defense is injury-wracked again

The Bucs will likely miss three starters against the New York Giants. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to once again line up with a severely injury-hampered defense against the New York Giants on Sunday. Starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander was ruled out for the second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Lavonte David and safety T.J. Ward missed every practice this week, though they weren’t officially ruled out: both are listed as doubtful. It’s hard to see a scenario in which they actually play, though. Kendell Beckwith should replace Kwon Alexander as he did...
Bucs Nation Sep 28, 2017
Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David almost certain to miss Giants game

Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David almost certain to miss Giants game

The Bucs are healthier elsewhere, though. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will almost certainly have to play Sunday’s game without star linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander. Both of them have missed their second consecutive day of practice, and neither seems close to returning—David in particular is certain to miss the game. Worse news is that safety T.J. Ward also missed the past two practices. After making an impact as a part-time player the past two weeks, he should have been moving to a full-time role this week. Instead, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll be absent against...
Bucs Nation Sep 27, 2017
Brent Grimes, Noah Spence return to practice for Buccaneers

Brent Grimes, Noah Spence return to practice for Buccaneers

The Bucs got a little healthier today. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a lot of injuries, but seem to have gotten relatively with the recovery of most of those players. Linebacker Lavonte David was out today, as expected, and he’ll almost certainly miss multiple—but the Bucs are more healthy than we expected. Most notably, cornerback Brent Grimes and defensive end Noah Spence both participated fully in practice today. Grimes missed the last game and his absence played a large role in the defensive collapse against the Minnesota Vikings, while Spence dislocated his shoulder in that...
Bucs Nation Sep 25, 2017
Dirk Koetter says Lavonte David’s injury “not as bad as it looked”

Dirk Koetter says Lavonte David’s injury “not as bad as it looked”

Earlier reports that David would miss a month may be mistaken. Earlier today, Ian Rapoport reported that linebacker Lavonte David would miss at least a month with a high ankle sprain. But Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach called reports like that “jumping the gun” in today’s press conference, and said that David’s injury wasn’t “as bad as it looked.” What that means exactly remains a bit of a mystery, though. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, that means David has a normal sprain instead of a high-ankle one, and he’s now week-to-week. That doesn’t mean David won’t miss a...

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