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The Buccaneers have ruled LB Lavonte David (hamstring) and DT Gerald McCoy (biceps) out for Monday night's game against the Falcons. That should mean a near-full snap allotment for Bucs rookie LB Kendell Beckwith.

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy appears to have avoided the biceps tear he thought he suffered in the Week 14 loss to the Lions. According to the team website, he is not scheduled for surgery and says he might play Monday night against the Falcons. McCoy has proved tough while playing through multiple injuries throughout his career. He didn't practice Thursday, so we'll see what the rest of the week holds. He'll be tough to like in IDP lineups even if active against a solid Atlanta O-line. But IDP owners can at least hold off on cutting him for now (in many cases). Elsewhere on the Bucs defense, OLB Lavonte David also missed practice Thursday with a hamstring issue. We'll keep an eye on that situation, but he played 100% of the snaps against Detroit and delivered a season-high 13 tackles.

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy believes he suffered a torn biceps in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy is familiar with the injury, having suffered it twice earlier in his career. He left the game early and did not return. A biceps tear would almost certainly end his season, taking arguably the Bucs' best defensive player out of the lineup.

Bucs RB Doug Martin will start today's game against the Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That, of course, doesn't guarantee anything other than Martin being on the field for the 1st snap. We're still expecting RB Peyton Barber to be heavily involved after his impressive Week 13 outing. Consider both Barber and Martin risk/reward RB3s against a Detroit defense allowing 4.8 yards per carry to RBs over the last 5 weeks.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for this weekend’s game against the Lions. Insiders Rick Stroud and Roy Cummings both expect Martin to draw the start, although RB Peyton Barber should remain involved after a strong Week 13. That makes both guys risk/reward RB3 or flex options in the plus matchup.

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers cleared the concussion protocol Thursday. That clears the path for him to return Sunday against the Lions after missing the past 2 games. Ayers generated 5 QB hits over his past 2 games and carries some upside for deeper IDP leagues this week and beyond.

Bucs HC Dirk Koetter confirmed on Thursday that RB Doug Martin has cleared the concussion protocol. He'll be back for this weekend's game against Detroit. That makes Tampa's backfield a bit of a quagmire after Peyton Barber's big Week 13. Consider both Barber and Martin risk/reward RB3 options in this Sunday's plus matchup. We'd lean toward Barber if you're deciding between the 2.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) returned to practice on Wednesday. It's still unclear how much progress he's made through the protocol, but this certainly gives him a shot to play against the Lions this weekend. His return would make it a lot tougher to trust RB Peyton Barber in Week 14 fantasy lineups.

Update: Martin was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice, putting him on track to play this weekend.

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Bucs TE Cameron Brate (hip) is active for today’s game against the Packers. We’ll see if QB Jameis Winston can get him back on track, but Brate isn’t a recommended Week 13 fantasy play vs. the league’s #1 TE defense.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (foot) is active for today’s game against the Packers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted this morning that D-Jax is “hobbled a bit,” so consider him a risk/reward WR3 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) is active and starting against the Packers today. There was never any doubt about his status after he put in a full week of practice. There’s still risk with a QB returning from a shoulder injury, but the plus matchup makes Winston a QB1 consideration.

Bucs WR Desean Jackson (foot) is expected to play against the Packers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. D-Jax was limited in practice this week, and Rapoport notes that he's "hobbled a bit." Consider him a risk/reward WR3 for Week 13.

The Buccaneers have ruled DE Robert Ayers out for Sunday's game in Green Bay. It'll be the 2nd straight game he has missed with a concussion. Ayers put in some limited practice time this week, which suggests he should be on track to play in Week 14.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (foot) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Packers. He was limited on Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday. We’ve heard nothing to suggest D-Jax is in danger of missing this one, but it’s possible the foot is a factor. It adds some risk to his Week 13 outlook.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Packers. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited in Friday’s practice. It sounds like Brate will play, but the hip is just another reason to avoid him in Week 13 fantasy lineups. He has just 1 catch in 4 straight games and draws the league’s top-ranked TE defense.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He didn’t practice all week and isn’t a lock to be back for Week 14. Jacquizz Rodgers, Peyton Barber and Charles Sims will form a 3-man backfield committee in Martin’s absence. It’s a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He put in a full week of practice, and HC Dirk Koetter named him the Week 13 starter on Wednesday. Winston is a risk/reward fantasy play coming off the shoulder injury in a plus matchup.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's a long shot to be cleared ahead of this weekend's game against the Packers. That'll leave the backfield to Jacquizz Rodgers, Peyton Barber and Charles Sims. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers returned to a limited practice Wednesday after missing Week 12 with a concussion. He sat out the full practice week leading up to Sunday's loss in Atlanta. The return to action to start Week 13 looks encouraging for his status against the Packers. We'll see if Ayers can continue progressing through the league protocol.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) will start this weekend's game against the Packers, HC Dirk Koetter announced. Winston must have looked and felt good in Wednesday's practice. There's some risk to a QB coming off a throwing shoulder injury, but Winston has a plus matchup vs. a Green Bay squad ranked 22nd in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA.


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