Buccaneers vs. Rams: Friday Injury Report

Here is your final injury report for the game between the Buccaneers and the Rams on Sunday.

It’s just about that time again, Buccaneers‘ fans. Sunday is just a couple of days away, and that means week three of the NFL season. Raymond James Stadium will be hoping as the Bucs open the 2016 home schedule against the new/old Los Angeles Rams.

These two teams have faced off 23 times in the past with the Rams winning 15 of them, including the four straight. The last Bucs’ victory in this series dates back to October of 2010 right here at Ray Jay, when a late Josh Freeman touchdown pass to Carnell “Cadillac” Williams  gave them an 18-17 victory.

In order for that to happen again, the Bucs are going to have to make it happen with a short-handed roster. The injury report is here, and it is not a pretty one. Take a look:

Player No. Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Robert Ayers 91 DE Ankle Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Out
Doug Martin 22 RB Hamstring Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Out
Cecil Shorts III 10 WR Hamstring Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Out
Luke Stocker 88 TE Ankle Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Out
Lavonte David 54 LB Shoulder Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation Questionable
Donovan Smith 76 T Hip Did Not Participate Limited Participation Full Participation Questionable
Ryan Smith 29 S Hand Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation Questionable

Well, at least Donovan Smith is back. Even though he is listed as “questionable”, the fact that he practiced in full is a good sign that he will be ready to go. The same can be said for Lavonte David, who did practice all week. The rest of that bunch, unfortunately, is out. None of them were really expected to be able to go, although I know some were hopeful that Ayers would be up.

Charles Sims and Noah Spence had better be at the top of their respective games on Sunday.

Now here is the report for the Rams:

Player No. Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday* Friday Game Status
Pharoh Cooper 10 WR Shoulder Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Doubtful
Nelson Spruce 86 WR Knee Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Doubtful
Maurice Alexander 31 S Thigh Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Questionable
Benny Cunningham 23 RB Knee Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Questionable
E.J. Gaines 33 CB Thigh Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Questionable
Lamarcus Joyner 20 CB Toe Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Questionable

So, there’s that. Lots of injuries for the Bucs, and the Rams are ready to go.

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