Post-season sports betting continues through the weekend with Sunday’s divisional-playoff NFL matchups as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. The BetUS Buccaneers vs Saints injury odds 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. While there’s been some two-way action, little has moved on the NFL betting odds board other than the juice, current -115 on the Saints. The total opened at 51½, notched down a half point before steadily moving back up to the current 52½.
Buccaneers vs Saints Injury Odds: Betting Lines
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Some good news out of Buccaneers’ practice on Thursday as RB Ronald Jones fulfilled coach Bruce Arians’ claim and at least returned to limited participation. Jones missed last week as a late scratch when his quad tightened up and wasn’t able to play. This development will certainly keep him in the mix leading all the way up to game-day reports.
Otherwise, Tampa Bay filed the same injury report as the day before.
Still out of practice, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is presumably getting another day of veteran rest. Whereas backup DL Jeremiah Ledbetter (calf) is likely headed towards an inactive status having missed Thursday. Both players are still listed as questionable.
A few others continued into Thursday with limited participation. WR Mike Evans (knee), WR Chris Godwin (hip) and CB Carlton Davis (groin) are all still carrying questionable NFL injury designations. It’s assumed all three, particularly Evans and Godwin, will be a go.
Earlier in the week, the Bucs declared RG Alex Cappa out with a fractured ankle — though it’s not entirely clear why he’s not been assigned to injured reserve.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints also submitted the same injury report on Thursday that they did on Wednesday, which makes it as simple as it is confusing to figure out if there’s been any progress.
RB Latavius Murray missed his second consecutive day and is the most worrisome of the trio who did. They’re all listed questionable, and Murray is joined by CB Patrick Robinson (thigh) and QB Taysom Hill (knee) as non-participants. (To be fair, Hill would also be a loss to the offense.)
Three others continued with limited participation through Thursday, and it’s thought they should be active on Sunday. There’s still concern for DE Trey Hendrickson (neck) to get back to action after his absence last week hurt the pass rush. Also limited and listed questionable, LT Terron Armstead (elbow) and TE Jared Cook (back) would draw some Friday panic if they were unable to play.
Finally, New Orleans designated WR Tre’Quan Smith to return from the injured reserve. He injured his ankle in Week 15, and the intention seems to be for him to be ready to play on Sunday. They’ll have until Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET for that to be made official.