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The Buccaneers have agreed to a 2-year, $25 million extension with LB Lavonte David, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal keeps David from reaching unrestricted free agency and continues his run with the only team he has ever played for. Expect to find David remaining among the top 15 LBs when our 2021 IDP rankings arrive.

Update: NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that it's actually a 5-year deal with 3 voidable seasons. So we'll see just how many of them David plays.

The Buccaneers expect to have LB Lavonte David in the lineup for their regular-season opener against the 49ers, ESPN reports. David suffered a slight tear to his left meniscus early in training camp and had surgery. Asked about David's status Friday, HC Bruce Arians said, "Lavonte's fine. He'll be practicing Tuesday." About David's availability for the game, the coach added, "It'll be close, but I think he'll be there." It'll be risky to put David in your IDP lineups for the opener. Try to go another direction if you can. But the veteran belongs on fantasy rosters.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Sunday to repair a "minor" meniscus tear, the Tampa Bay Times reports. HC Bruce Arians called the surgery "nothing serious" and said David should be ready for the regular season. We'll be watching David's return to confirm that. In the meantime, we've knocked David down the LB rankings a bit.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans (toe) and LB Lavonte David (knee) are active for today’s game against the Panthers. Each carries some extra durability risk coming off a multi-week injury, but use either as you planned in IDP lineups.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (knee) and S Justin Evans (toe) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Each player graduated to a full practice Friday, though, after limited workouts the 1st 2 days. Each player appears to be on the verge of returning after missing the past 2 contests. We'll confirm the status of each Sunday morning.

The Buccaneers will face the Giants on Sunday without OLB Lavonte David (MCL sprain), S Justin Evans (toe) and DE Vinny Curry (ankle). The 1st 2 are starter-level IDP options when healthy. We wouldn't bother chasing their backups. Curry hasn't been an IDP factor, but Carl Nassib has delivered recently amid Curry's inconsistent availability. Nassib has tallied 4 sacks and 6 total QB hits over the past 4 games. He's questionable for Sunday's game as well with an elbow issue but put in limited practice Thursday and a full Friday workout after sitting Wednesday. If Nassib's active Sunday, he'll be an upside option in DL2 territory.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans has missed practice Wednesday and Thursday this week because of a toe injury. That doesn't seem to bode well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Giants. LB Lavonte David also continued to miss practice Thursday, coming off an MCL sprain. If he sits, the Bucs would be without their top 2 LBs and 2 starting safeties. (Chris Conte has been out with a knee injury.) An upside spot already for the Giants' offense is only looking better. We'll keep an eye on Evans and David for IDP purposes.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Buccaneers LB Lavonte David sprained the MCL in his right knee in Sunday's loss to Washington. The Bucs haven't yet ruled him out for this Sunday's visit to the Giants, but the injury makes him seem unlikely for that contest -- and perhaps more time beyond that. We'll see how this situation progresses.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David left Sunday's game against Washington early with a knee injury and is questionable to return. We'll keep an eye on the situation.

Update: David returned to the game.

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).

Buccaneers S Chris Conte (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game at Dallas. DT Gerald McCoy (foot) and LB Lavonte David (hamstring) are as well. We'll check on the status for all 3 Sunday evening before the 8:25 p.m. kickoff. Conte put in full practices all week and appears likely to return. McCoy put in a full practice Friday and has been playing through questionable tags for a few weeks. David joined the injury report Thursday but put in another limited practice Friday.

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Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (shoulder) is active for today's game at Arizona. He entered the weekend as questionable but put in a full practice Friday. Use him as you normally would in your IDP league.

The Buccaneers will have stars OLB Lavonte David (ankle) and DT Gerald McCoy (hand) in the lineup for today's meeting with the Saints. David hurt his ankle midweek but seemed confident after Friday's practice. He's fine to use in your IDP lineup as you normally would. McCoy had hand surgery less than 2 weeks ago and has been dealing with a shoulder injury for a while. He's more of a risk/reward option. Having both in the lineup adds upside to the Bucs' team D in fantasy.

The Buccaneers hope to have OLB Lavonte David (ankle) and DT Gerald McCoy (hand) on the field Sunday against the Saints, despite "questionable" tags for both. David told the team website Friday: "I feel good, ready to go Sunday and to get back out there. Just a precautionary issue. Nothing really serious. Just something to be smart ... . I was back out there today full-go and I’ll be ready on Sunday." HC Lovie Smith said he hopes McCoy will be cleared in time after missing Week 13. The Bucs already ruled out DE Jacquies Smith (hamstring).

Buccaneers OLB Lavonte David missed Thursday's practice after suffering an ankle injury during Wednesday's workout, according to The Tampa Tribune. We'll obviously have to watch his status into the weekend but moved him down the Week 14 IDP rankings because of the injury. David's absence would take away not only a key IDP but also the leading tackler from a Bucs D that already must play without suspended MLB Kwon Alexander. That'd be good news for New Orleans' interior pass-catchers.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (concussion) and DT Gerald McCoy (knee) are active for today's game at Carolina. Both had been questionable but expected to play. The Bucs won't, however, have DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) or LB Mason Foster (Achilles'). Both are inactive but not huge losses for IDP owners. Go ahead and use David and McCoy as you normally would. Foster's continued absence should also keep LB Danny Lansanah a solid fantasy play.

Doctors on Friday cleared Bucs LB Lavonte David to return from his concussion and play the Panthers this Sunday. The fantasy stud should go right back into IDP lineups against what has been a favorable LB matchup.

Bucs HC Lovie Smith said Monday that LB Lavonte David did suffer a concussion in Sunday's loss at Detroit. David will need to pass through the league protocol before playing Sunday at Carolina. If he's cleared in time, though, he belongs in your IDP lineup.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David left Sunday's game at Detroit early to be evaluated for a concussion. We have yet to see the results, but the fact that David never returned to the game suggests that he did suffer one. Obviously, if that's the case then he'll need to pass through the league protocol before returning for Week 15.

Buccaneers LB Mason Foster and DT Clinton McDonald are inactive for today's game at Detroit. LB Lavonte David, however, will return after missing the past 2 weeks. Foster's absence should keep OLB Danny Lansanah in a full-time role, which gives him significant upside. He and David both look good for IDP usage this week.

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