Post-season sports betting continues with Sunday’s divisional-playoff NFL matchups as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. The BetUS Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints injury report details who’s hurt coming into Sunday’s game.
|Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-5) vs New Orleans Saints (13-4)
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
The sportsbook opened the New Orleans Saints as field-goal favorites and, surprisingly, not much has moved in the NFL betting odds other than the juice, current -115 on the Saints. The total opened at 51½, notched down a half-point before climbing up to the current 52.
Injury Report, Betting Lines
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The biggest news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is positive, in that WR Mike Evans describes his knee injury as a bullet dodged. Evans looked good playing through it, but returned this week to a limited Wednesday practice and is listed questionable. He’s fully expected to play.
Other good news is the Bucs activated ILB Devin White and DT Steve McLendon from the NFL COVID-IR (IR-C) after they missed the win over Washington. The good news ends there though, as ILB Kevin Minter has been moved to that list. His status for Sunday’s game is unclear.
They also lost RG Alex Cappa who fractured his ankle halfway through the last game. He’s now ruled out and will be replaced by Aaron Stinnie.
A few other players stayed out of Wednesday’s opening practice. Namely, RB Ronald Jones missed Washington after developing game-day tightness in his quadriceps. He’ll miss practice most of this week, it’s projected, so he doesn’t end up being a scratch again.
The other absentees from practice were backup DL Jeremiah Ledbetter (calf) who missed the last game, and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), who usually rests the early part of the practice week.
A couple of others were limited on Wednesday and were labeled with questionable designations. CB Carlton Davis played through a groin pull that had him questionable going into last Sunday. And WR Chris Godwin who shows up limited with a hip issue.
Finally, RB LeSean McCoy cleared the NFL injury report having missed the last couple of weeks and is expected to contribute.
New Orleans Saints
As the New Orleans Saints coalesce around the idea that each game may be Drew Brees’ last, the team has a few players struggling to get back to the field to fight for another on his behalf.
Least likely to be there, CB Patrick Robinson who injured his thigh in last Sunday’s win over the Bears. Same for RB Latavius Murray, who cleared the IR-C in time to sustain a quad injury. Both are listed questionable and neither practiced on Wednesday.
Also absent from Wednesday’s practice, backup QB Taysom Hill is back on the injury report with a knee injury.
Three others were limited. TE Jared Cook shows up to the report with a back problem apparently sustained last week. On the other hand, DE Trey Hendrickson missed the last game, so his limited return to practice is an upgrade. Also, LT Terron Armstead was limited with an elbow injury, but he played all the snaps last Sunday so it seems likely he’ll work back to active status. Currently, they’re all listed questionable.
The Saints activated S D.J. Swearinger from the IR-C, as that kept him sidelined last game.
Finally, to no surprise, they moved RG Nick Easton to the injured reserve after he was able to participate in only one game in the past month.