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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Injury Report for NFC Divisional Round

David Golokhov

by David Golokhov in NFL Football

Jan 16, 2021 · 1:21 PM PST

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones carrying the ball during an NFL game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) carries the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Kevin Sabitus)
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night at 6:40 PM ET.
  • A number of big names are listed on the injury reports but most of it is just load management; there are just a few questionable players on each team.
  • The Saints are a 3-point favorite for this contest; see the full injury roundup below

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints complete their trilogy on Sunday. The two NFC South foes have already squared off twice and the Saints stomped the Bucs, winning 38-3 and 34-23.

New Orleans is a three-point favorite for this Divisional Round affair but how much will injuries factor in this game? Let’s take a closer look.

Buccaneers Injury Report

Player Position Injury Thursday Practice Game Status
Alex Cappa G Ankle Injured Reserve OUT
Jeremiah Ledbetter DL Calf Did Not Participate OUT
Andrew Adams S NIR Did Not Participate QUESTIONABLE
Ronald Jones RB Finger/Calf Limited Participation QUESTIONABLE
Jordan Whitehead S Knee  Limited Participation QUESTIONABLE
Chris Godwin WR Hip/Quad Did Not Participate
Carlton Davis CB Groin Full Participation
Mike Evans WR Knee Limited Participation
Ali Marpet G Pectoral Full Participation
LeSean McCoy RB Illness Full Participation
Jason Pierre-Paul EDGE Knee Did Not Participate
Ndamukong Suh DT NIR Did Not Participate

All information taken from the Official Injury Reports

Bucs Banged Up With Two Out, Three Questionable

The Bucs got a win over Washington during the Wild Card Weekend but it would be hard to say they exited the game unscathed. The team lost starting right guard Alex Cappa to a fractured ankle and he’ll now miss this week’s game. Defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter is also out, although he’s not much than a depth piece.

While those two players are out, the Bucs will also have a trio of players who are questionable. On offense, running back Ronald Jones was mysteriously out last week as many speculated that he wasn’t injured. He threw some shade at the team via Twitter and some figured that he was merely benched.

As we’ve moved through this week, the Bucs are still without Jones, who is a true game-time decision on Sunday. He had limited participation on Friday. On defense, the team has a pair of safeties who are questionable as Andrew Adams and Jordan Whitehead aren’t certain to play. Whitehead, the starter, was added to the report on Friday.

Late-week injuries can be a concern and for now, it’s unclear what happened to Whitehead. He was still a limited participant, so he either tweaked something in practice or has a lingering issue and got some time off. He started all 17 games this season for the Bucs, finishing fourth on the team in tackles.

Saints Injury Report

Player Position Injury Thursday Practice Game Status
Patrick Robinson CB Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
Taysom Hill QB Knee Limited Participation QUESTIONABLE
Latavius Murray RB Quadricep Limited Participation QUESTIONABLE
Terron Armstead T Elbow Full Participation
Jared Cook TE Back Full Participation
Trey Hendrickson DE Neck Full Participation

Saints Have Some Question Marks

The Saints won’t be completely 100% on Sunday but they’ll be close to it. Their biggest absence will be cornerback Patrick Robinson, who is out with a hamstring injury. He’s more of a depth piece and has missed chunks of the season, so this won’t have much of an impact.

As for the rest of the Saints injury report, it’s fairly clean. Offensive weapons Latavius Murray and Taysom Hill have been listed as questionable. Murray missed practice and was labeled day-to-day midweek, while Hill has been fighting a knee injury that’s landed him with a questionable tag. Both got in a limited practice on Friday, though.

We’ve had mixed reporting throughout the week as both players were trending in the wrong direction but the Friday limited practice might put them on track to play. Murray picks up tough yards in the running game while Hill is a useful gadget player. However, the team has Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees, so this won’t impact the betting line.

How Will The Odds Be Impacted?

The biggest loss of the bunch is the Bucs losing a starting guard. Cappa played 100% of the snaps in 15 of the 16 regular season games and graded out at 69.0, according to PFF. The Bucs already struggle to run the ball, so this won’t help. Priority No. 1 is giving Tom Brady a clean pocket and this won’t help in that regard either.

Even so, no losses on either side – even if all of the questionable players don’t play – won’t change the line. That includes Jones and Whitehead for the Bucs, and Murray and Hill for the Saints. They all play important roles in terms of the game but nothing that will move the line.

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