More Down On Defensive Line

October 7th, 2016

Prospects grow grim

Here’s a fresh kick in the teeth to the Bucs’ hopes on Monday night

Woody Cummings of braved the wind at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway this afternoon (Yes, the Bucs moved practice there to avoid some wind), and shared via Twitter that Robert Ayers, Gerald McCoy, Noah Spence, Charles Sims and Cecil Shorts were out today with injuries. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times says Clinton McDonald, the defensive standout Sunday against Denver, was out, too.

McDonald and Ayers were on the field yesterday, so this news represents a real kick in the gut.

While today is Friday, the way the Bucs have structured their “game week,” with a Monday night game at Carolina, today is really a Thursday schedule. So there is practice tomorrow in Tampa, which represents a chance for McDonald and/or Ayers to return. But sitting out today is not promising at all, especially for Ayers, whose bad left ankle was injured midway through the Week 2 game in Arizona.

At this rate, Joe will be drinking too much JoeBucsFan Jason Light Ale at the big watch party Monday night at Abe’s Place, while washing down FREE wings. Please join Joe. Sometimes the pain is easier as a group.

19 Responses to “More Down On Defensive Line”

  1. 207BucsFan Says:

    I think Ayers, Sims, McCoy and McDonald will all play Monday. Them sitting today is more a precaution for Ayers, McDonald and Sims. No need to push them hard and chance reaggravating the injury

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Does our injury report still have to come out today?

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    We sure have been snakebit with DL injuries so far this year. Thankfully, only Jac Smith’s injury was season ending – but that was a pretty big loss IMO – and at the beginning of the very 1st game.
    We need Ayers and McCoy back in the lineup ASAP. And Noah Spence needs as many snaps as we can get him this year so hopefully his shoulder injury won’t hamper his development.

  4. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs fans should sue the Glazers for their direct cause of alcoholism and mental Illness. Because everytime you watch a Bucs game, You are never at peace. You are either throwing something, cursing, or drinking to many libations to mask/cover up the agony of De-Feat. I don’t think Monday night will be any different.

  5. BucinJAX Says:

    Some of you JBF posters seem to be aware of a lot that is going on in the NFL. We know that the Broncos are pretty unscathed. Anyone know how many other NFL teams have as many injuries as the Bucs?

  6. Fred E. Buc Says:

    I don’t expect Sims, McCoy, or Shorts, but we’ll see Ayers and McDonald.They installed the game plan yesterday, and will walk through/light practice tomorrow.

  7. unbelievable Says:

    Agreed, Fred E.,

    But we definitely need McDonald, and Ayers if possible. otherwise we have no chance, regardless of who plays QB for Carolina.

  8. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Another 7 on 7 match for Derrick Anderson on Monday.

  9. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I’m just wondering when people are going to start calling McDonald soft like they do McCoy.

  10. Trubucfan22 Says:

    So much for taking it easy on the players in Training camp…. I thought the point of that was to limit injuries. Chalk that one up as a loss.

  11. BigHogHaynes Says:

    No need to worry all we need to do is and I quote is ” Coach the LOVIE out of them!!ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

  12. Doctor Stroud Says:

    The Panthers have been playing games with the game day roster all week, and I just hope that this is our attempt to do the same. It just seems that whenever our opponents declare their players “questionable” or “doubtful”, they find a way to get out on the field. Whenever our players are listed in those categories, they are in street clothes. Meanwhile, it’s been interesting riding the hurricane here in beautiful St Augustine, but I am ready for Hurricane Matthew to leave town!

  13. Dame Carter Says:

    Man all that is small we need some new safetys can we bring in cromartie at lease

  14. Dooshlarue Says:


    What is McDonald’s contract in comparison to GMC’s?
    Higher pay means higher expectations.
    ……and I’ve never heard McDonald say let’s have fun or have seen him help an opposing player off the ground.

  15. Old Time Buc Says:

    It does get on your nerves, but we’ve been through worse situations.

  16. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    So it’s okay for a guy to miss games if he doesn’t make a lot of money, but not okay if he does? Gotcha. You’re a genius.

  17. Joe Says:

    Man all that is small we need some new safetys can we bring in cromartie at lease

    Cro isn’t a safety. Besides, he couldn’t hold a job with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

  18. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I agree joe, let’s not build our roster on has beens. That label goes for Vincent Jackson unless he’s productive does something on MNF.

  19. godzilla13 Says:

    It just seems like every year we see the same players getting injured. I was just thinking that maybe McDonald could have his first season without missing a game since….well, he has never played a season without missing a game. 15 games played was his best in 2013. He really looked good last week too. If McDonald and McCoy can not play the it will have to be Spence and Hughes. The even bugger problem is at DE where Gholston/Lambert and Jones may be the starters. This team needs an infusion of young talent on both the defensive and offensive lines.