Two New Injuries, Depth Concerns For Bucs

September 28th, 2018

Carlton Davis is banged up

Concerning news out of the Bucs’ official injury report today.

Rookie starting cornerback Carlton Davis made a fresh appearance on the injury report with a groin injury. He was not listed as injured at all on Wednesday and Thursday.

That’s troubling, as it could mean the return of Ryan Smith to the defense (he only played special teams last week) with little depth behind him. Newcomer veteran cornerback Marcus Williams (hamstring) was “full participation” today for the first time since he was injured against the Eagles.

Also with a new injury appearing today is scheduled-to-start safety Jordan Whithead, who had “hamstring” added next to his shoulder injury, which was the only ailment for him on Thursday’s report.

Both Whitehead and Davis are listed as questionable for Sunday.

DT Beau Allen is officially out with the foot injury, and Vita Vea was at “full participation” today for the first time this year. Will he play? If so, it’ll probably be alongside Gerald McCoy, who was back to “full participation” today, after nursing a biceps issue.

38 Responses to “Two New Injuries, Depth Concerns For Bucs”

  1. Jameis Dahmer Says:

    Lordy please!! Let Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead heal before this game.!

  2. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Bucs 70 Bears 65. 😜

  3. Hawk Says:

    Could the coaches be playing mind games with Chicago’s offense?

  4. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    LOL….Bucs Defensive coaches playing mind games with ANYONE is laughable.

  5. Buc1987 Says:


    LMAO actually.

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Things hurt a lot less on a bye week when you are 3-1 and not 2-2. But Rayjay is right, we are going to have to win shootouts every week/

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bring in Mylew

  8. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Most Buccs who are questionable usually wind up playing.

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    The bucs secondary will make Mitch “crappy” Tribusky look like John Elway…


    ….. you heard it here first

  10. BucEmUp Says:

    We could have the too three corners in the league starting every play and our defense would still be last in completion percentage.

  11. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Everybody is still seeing the same ole Bucs for some reason. Everyone needs to chill and let things unfold…they had a lousy first half last week, but like DB has said several times on Tampa Two this week, they climbed back into the game and the defense pitched a shut out in the second half. When we learn to win those close/come back games we will be an unstoppable team. Go Bucs!

  12. Alphabucfan Says:

    Good one Scotty an I agree with anthem but I really hope we are wrong

  13. ATrain Says:

    What is with McCoy and the bicep issues

  14. Darin Says:

    Not exactly going out on a limb. They made Keenum, tyrod and matt moore look like Montana just last season. Throw in stafford, brees , ryan, cam etc and yeah. Even Glennon threw for over 300 the first game. Sittin back Smitty loves him some soft serve.

  15. SB Says:

    Man! These injuries Suck! We need to be 3 and 1!
    Get well guys!

  16. passthebuc Says:

    Starting free safety has changed.
    I have it from a friend who is a friend of the cousin of the bartender for the locker cleaner.

    It’s JW himself

  17. Kgh4life Says:

    If the Bucs have to get into a “shoot out” with the Bears in order to win, then someone on the Bucs coaching staff needs to get fired.

  18. Kate Uber Says:

    JW at free safety? Nothing safe about that

  19. Knoxville Winston Buc Fan Says:

    Always seems to be biceps injury with McCoy, must not be enuf action at home

  20. Issaic haggins Says:

    Hello Licht you are the GM , you have a severe problem with your training staff !!! , Calf’s, hamstrings and groins are 80 percent due to hydration and stretching ( which all players hate ) . I said this 3 years ago , a trainer is very important!!!

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Ryan Smith didn’t start last week and we lost. Hmn.

  22. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    @Scotty and 87

    LMAO indeed!!!!

    Mind games…. Like who will start JW or FITZMAGIC….. Win win!!!!

    70-55 Bucs Win!!!! 😉 LOL

    Go Bucs

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    ATrain Says:
    September 28th, 2018 at 8:15 pm
    What is with McCoy and the bicep issues”

    He still plays and plays well, so I’m cool with it.

    We also have to consider rest days could be disguised as Limited.

  24. LakeLand Says:

    Welcome to the NFL

    Injuries are a major part of the game

    Every team has them

  25. Chris Cotten Says:

    31-16 BUCS

  26. PRBucFan Says:

    Ryan Smith played exceptionally well against the Eagles when he had to play.

    That being said hopefull they don’t repeat last year and wait forever to sign quality depth to help the problem.

  27. Trench War Says:

    How much average time do we think Fitz will have before the pocket collapses? After watching the Steelers crash our party last week in the first half tells me Fitz will need to make decisions very quickly and throwing to spots rather than having time to throw them open. When you’re forced to start throwing to spots you become susceptible to INT’s. Without the time to look off the safeties they can start recognizing a pattern, anticipate and jump routes into perceived open areas (the spot) and force turnovers. The screen game would benefit us well. Plus the fact that we don’t use screens often could surprise them as well.

  28. Trench War Says:


    Hey man where you been?

  29. SOEbuc Says:

    CD3 should not be playing. Groin on our best CB going into bye? Ryan Smith

  30. Defense Rules Says:

    Have followed the Bucs for more years than I can remember, but I’ve never seen anything like this (and the Bucs have been badly beaten up before). Strange this is, the Bucs offense remains healthy, with pretty much all hands on-deck for every game. Our defense is virtually crippled.

    Looking at offensive snap counts for our 3 games, our offense has averaged 66 snaps per game, with an average of 6 players getting 75% or more of the snaps (yes, our QB & Olinemen for the most part …. they’ve been healthy). And with plenty of depth in terms of ‘weapons’ to rotate in & out, our offense has been productive.

    But defensive snap counts for our 3 games tell a totally different story (not that Bucs ‘fans’ like Buc1987, BucEmUp & BucsAnthem REALLY care). Our defense has averaged 70 snaps per game, with an average of 9 players (count em – NINE) getting 75% or more of the snaps. And yes ATrain & Knoxville, ‘softie’ McCoy is well-established in that group.

    Interesting that for those 3 games, our opponents only averaged 6 defenders who played 75% or more of the snaps (to our 9 average). Also interesting that in the 1 game we lost (Steelers) we had 10 defenders (TEN) who had to play more than 75% of the snaps. Let’s see, at last count I think NFL football only allowed 11 players on the field at the same time. Hmmm, I wonder if Bucs fans could conclude that our Bucs defense has close to ZERO DEPTH right now? That the same defensive players are getting more & more beaten up? Nah, ‘softie” GMC just likes to whine about his biceps having boo-boos. (And Hawk, of course Scapegoat Smitty is ‘playing mind games’ with the Chicago offense … I really hope you were just poking fun at some of these ludicrous commenters).

    If this defense is without Davis & Whitehead for the Chicago game (in addition to all the other defensive players already crippled), it’d be a miracle if this Bucs defense can hold Chicago’s offense to anything under about 40 points. With close to no one left on defense to rotate in & with an already decimated DLine & Secondary, Chicago just needs to keep running the ball right down our throats, and eating up the clock. We’ve never needed this Bucs offense to own the clock more than we do in this game.

  31. adam from ny Says:

    30-17 bucs

  32. rrsrq Says:

    I just want to see a CB get an interception and of course a win, was Bobby McClain the last one to get an INT. I think Anthony Miller is out this game, so there WRs would not be too scary, however they will use their RBs

  33. Clarence Says:

    That’s one helluva post, Defense Rules.

  34. jmarkbuc Says:


    Justin Evans Monday night, remember?

  35. Greg Says:

    Bears offense doesnt scare me especially if Ve3a can help stop running up the middle. Bears QB sucks and even with their great defense we will outscore them. Bucs 31-17.

  36. Buc1987 Says:

    LOL Defense Rules….please don’t lump me together with other posters.

    I’m still one of the fans that’s giving Smitty a pass for what he’s working with….

    I read your post. Didn’t need to though.

    I get it!

  37. JimmyJack Says:

    Defense rules good point about our offense needing to eat up some clock. I figured this game called for that anyways but the injuries compounds.

    This is where fans are going a bit overboard about our rushing statistics IMO. Fact is, Monken has not called for a rushing attack. So we haven’t needed it.

    This game figures to be different and we will likely need to lean on our rush for a change. If we are still questioning the running game on Monday then, yeah, we might have a problem. Until then it could just be overacting.

  38. Mike Johnson Says:

    Pretty good Post here DEFENSE RULES. I’m Feelin yas! I just don’t know with the Bears Defense being so good if our Offense can Outscore them. I got the Bears scoring on many pass plays once they get into our secondary. Unless of course we find a pass rush from somewheres?? the only way I see us winning, a great pass rush>..and we might not have it. I got their Defense only allowing say 20 plus points to us if that. Fitz will be on his back a lot. Jameis might have to start the 2nd half. Loved your post man!