Stay on top of NFL news with the BetUS NFL injury report as the Super Wild Card Weekend sports betting bonanza ends its Saturday triple-header as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to the nation’s capital to check out democracy and face the Washington Football Team.
|Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) vs Washington Football Team (4-10-1) |
Location: FedEx Field
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
After bettors backed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers laying 7½ up to nine, the sportsbook hasn’t moved from there. The moneyline saw a small move in favor of Washington from +340 down to +330. The total remains at 45, after sliding down from an opening of 46.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers moved to their second day of practice on Wednesday.
In so doing, a few players upped their practice participation, but one noticeably didn’t. WR Mike Evans still continued to rest the knee which was cleared of structural damage, but left him unable to practice so far this week. Coach Bruce Arians suggested the plan was to have him back on the practice field for the final Thursday practice to see how he responds.
On the other hand (pun intended), RB Ronald Jones cleared the injury report completely, which is great news, suggesting his broken finger has now pretty much completely healed.
Also improved, CB Carlton Davis (groin) went from a non-participant to a limited Wednesday practice.
Two others, OLB Jason Pierre-Paul and deep-depth backup DL Jeremiah Ledbetter (calf), still continue to list as questionable non-participants.
On the upside, the team has activated OLB Shaq Barrett from the COVID-IR. They’ll still be without ILB Devin White, who tested positive. It’s unclear if NT Steve McLendon will clear protocol in time to be active Saturday.
Washington Football Team
As the Washington Football Team moves into its second day of practice, all eyes are on who’s taking first-team snaps at quarterback now that the workout is on the field and not just a walkthrough estimate.
For Wednesday, it was Taylor Heinicke, with starter Alex Smith doing individual work as a limited participant. (That’s an upgrade for Smith, who was listed the day before as “did not practice”.) There’s still no clarity on who will be starting, but it can be assumed Smith will take on the workload if he’s able. (Tampa Bay coach Arians is certainly assuming that.)
Two other key names, RB Antonio Gibson (toe) and WR Terry McLaurin (ankle), both returned to practice after “missing” yesterday’s walkthrough. While they were limited in participation and still listed questionable, it’s assumed they’ll be starting on Saturday.
A new name in CB Kendall Fuller showed up on the injury report since Tuesday. He’s listed with a knee issue that kept him limited in Wednesday’s practice and is worth monitoring to see if it’s a showstopper.
Two more players, RG Brandon Scherff (shoulder) and WOLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle), continued to list as limited and questionable. The final practice should determine their availability.
Finally, on WOLB Thomas Davis watch, he missed practice again today but the possibility his career is not over might still be alive. (Davis announced he’ll retirement after this season.)