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Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) will take all the 1st-team reps in Friday's practice, HC Dirk Koetter said. That presumably means the Bucs expect Winston to play against the Bills this weekend -- although how tomorrow goes will play a big part in that decision. Winston hasn't done much so far this week.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) won't throw in practice this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team is still hoping he'll play against the Bills on Sunday. Between that tough matchup and the shoulder injury, Winston is shaping up as an extremely risky Week 7 fantasy option.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston has been diagnosed with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "It may be something he’ll be able to play through," Rapoport adds. Considering Winston was allowed to throw on the sidelines after suffering the injury on Sunday suggests it's a minor sprain. But the fact that it's his throwing shoulder obviously makes it a dicey situation. We'll need to track his status throughout the week. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in Buffalo on Sunday if Winston can't.

X-rays came back clean on Bucs QB Jameis Winston's right shoulder, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Winston is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. He never returned to Sunday's game in Arizona, but he did remain on the sidelines -- and was even shown throwing at least once. Winston told reporters afterward that he expects to play against the Bills. We should get another update tomorrow.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston injured his shoulder in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game in Arizona. He's officially doubtful to return (which means we won't see him again.) QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in the game for Tampa. We'll update Winston's status when we learn more.

Update: The injury is to Winston's right (throwing) shoulder.

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (back) and OLB Lavonte David (ankle) are active for today's game against the Cardinals. Each is fine to use as you normally would in IDP leagues. Ayers could be in his best position to far to land his 1st sack of the season. David returns after missing 2 games with an ankle sprain.

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander will miss another game because of his Week 2 hamstring injury. Tampa Bay has ruled him out for Sunday's game at Arizona, despite limited practices Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Buccaneers have also ruled S T.J. Ward (hip) and S Keith Tandy (hip) out for the 2nd straight week. OLB Lavonte David is questionable for the game after putting in limited practices all week. He has been out since Week 3 with a sprained ankle. We'll see about his status Sunday. DE Robert Ayers is also questionable with a back issue. He put in a full practice Friday, though, after being limited the previous 2 days.

The Bucs have signed K Patrick Murray. He'll replace K Nick Folk, who missed 5 FGs and 1 XP over the past 2 weeks. Murray spent 2014 in Tampa Bay, connecting on 20 of 24 FG attempts (83.3%). He'll be a spot-start option in plus matchups.

Bucs RB Doug Martin won't start tonight's game against the Patriots, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That, of course, doesn't mean he won't play a significant role -- or even lead Bucs RBs in snaps and touches. But it's a reminder that there's risk here in Martin's 2017 debut.

The Buccaneers have ruled MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) out for Thursday night's game against the Patriots. OLB Lavonte David (ankle) and S T.J. Ward (hip) are doubtful for the game. That leaves Kendell Beckwith as the Bucs LB to use for the 2nd straight week. Chris Conte remains the only Tampa safety playing enough snaps to earn a spot in IDP lineups.

As expected, the Buccaneers will be without LB Lavonte David (ankle) and S T.J. Ward (hip) for today's game against the Giants. Ward's absence makes Keith Tandy a solid IDP option. The Bucs will have DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), DE Noah Spence (shoulder) and DE Robert Ayers (knee). All are active after entering the day questionablr

Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander is expected to miss the team's Week 5 game -- in addition to this weekend's -- because of a hamstring injury. He suffered the injury back in Week 2 after dealing with a hamstring injury back in the preseason as well. The Bucs, of course, have no bye the rest of the way because of their rescheduled opener vs. Miami.

The Buccaneers have ruled MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Giants. OLB Lavonte David (ankle) is doubtful as well, leaving rookie LB Kendell Beckwith the only usable Bucs LB for IDP lineups. S T.J. Ward (hip) is also doubtful after missing practice all week. His likely absence puts S Keith Tandy in play for IDP owners. Tandy should see a full-time role for this weekend. Up front, DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), DE Noah Spence (shoulder) and DE Robert Ayers (knee) are questionable. We'd bet on all 3 playing, but we'll confirm the game statuses Sunday afternoon.

Buccaneers OLB Lavonte David sprained his left ankle in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, but Mondy reports varied on the severity. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that a high ankle sprain was expected to keep David out at least a month. But ESPN's Jenna Laine later reported that David suffered only a medial sprain and is "week-to-week." According to Scott Smith of the team website, HC Dirk Koetter said "the injury is not as bad as it looked or as bad as initially reported." David will reportedly spend a few days in a walking boot. He looks unlikely to play against the Giants in Week 4, but we'll see beyond that. The Tampa Bay defense was already missing MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring).

The Buccaneers' training staff believes LB Lavonte David suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, ESPN reports. X-rays at the stadium revealed no broken bones, but he'll have an MRI Monday to determine the injury's severity. DE Noah Spence will also get an MRI after suffering a separated shoulder in the game. Spence later returned, and it's the 3rd time he has separated the shoulder. Spence played through a torn labrum in the shoulder for much of last season and reportedly said he'll go back to wearing the shoulder brace he previously donned. Bucs DT Gerald McCoy re-aggravated a right ankle sprain and briefly left the Vikings game but returned to action.

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Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (ankle) is active for today's game against the Vikings. He's a solid IDP play in DL slots after registering 4 QB hits in the opening win over the Bears.

The Buccaneers deemed DT Gerald McCoy questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota. But the veteran progressed from not practicing Wednesday to limited participation Thursday and then full participation Friday. We'd bet on him playing. And after he registered 4 QB hits in the Week 2 win over the Bears, McCoy should be in many IDP lineups. The Bucs D carries attractive upside as well against a Case Keenum piloted Vikings offense. We'll confirm McCoy's status Sunday morning.

The Buccaneers have ruled MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Rookie LB Kendell Beckwith slid over from the strong side to fill in when Alexander left last week's game and figures to garner extra playing time with Alexander down in Week 3.

Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander left Sunday's game against the Bears in the 1st half with a hamstring injury and is doubtful to return. He dealt with hamstring trouble in the preseason, so this is a worrisome development. We'll keep an eye on the situation.

The NFL has moved the Bucs-Dolphins game originally scheduled for this Sunday to Week 11. Both teams were scheduled to have a bye that week but will now play 16 straight weeks from Week 2 to 17. We just removed all Bucs and Dolphins from the Week 1 Rankings. The winner here is RB Doug Martin, whose 3-game suspension will now cost him a game against the tough Giants run defense rather than the Dolphins.


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