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Buccaneers S Antoine Winfield (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Packers. He sustained an ankle injury during the practice week. Mike Edwards will start in his place. Losing a starting safety certainly doesn't help the defense, but it's worth noting that Edwards actually graded out significantly better in coverage (83.2) this season than Winfield (55.1), according to Pro Football Focus.

The Buccaneers have ruled WR Antonio Brown out for Sunday's NFC Championship game, HC Bruce Arians announced Friday. That leaves room for WRs Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller to gain snaps against the Packers. Johnson led Miller in last Sunday's win over the Saints -- but by a mere 7 snaps (15-8). Brown's absence could also leave a few more snaps for TE Cameron Brate. Tampa's #2 TE has seen 2 of his 4 largest target totals for the year over the past 2 weeks. Brate, Johnson and Miller all stand as cheap DFS flyers for the weekend. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also get a slight bump in target floor with the clear #3 WR out.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians labeled WR Antonio Brown (knee) a game-time decision for Sunday's NFC Championship vs. the Packers. Brown missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We'll see if he's able to get out there tomorrow, but he'll be at less than 100% if he suits up this weekend. If Brown can't go, WRs Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson would pick up extra snaps.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He reportedly avoided a serious injury but isn't a lock to play in Sunday's NFC Championship. We'll continue to monitor his progress.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown's knee injury is not considered serious, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brown is considered "day-to-day" and seemingly has a shot to play vs. the Packers on Sunday. We'll keep a close eye on him this week.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown suffered a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Saints and is undergoing an MRI on Monday, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports. Brown didn't play much in the 2nd half vs. New Orleans. We'll look for updates on his injury and monitor his practice participation this week. If Brown can't play vs. the Packers on Sunday, WRs Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson would pick up more snaps.

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Bucs RB Ronald Jones (quad, finger) is active for tonight's game against the Saints. HC Bruce Arians said earlier this week that RB Leonard Fournette would get the start regardless of Jones' status, making Fournette the better fantasy bet.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones (quad, finger) has "a good shot to play" vs. the Saints today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones participated in Saturday's walkthrough, although a final decision on his availability won't come until he gets to the stadium today. We'll find out whether Jones is active around 5 pm ET. HC Bruce Arians said earlier this week that RB Leonard Fournette will get the start regardless of Jones' status.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians labeled RB Ronald Jones (quad, finger) a game-time decision for Sunday's Divisional Round tilt vs the Saints. Arians added that RB Leonard Fournette will get the start regardless of Jones' status. That obviously doesn't guarantee that Fournette will end up leading the backfield in touches, but he's coming off a nice performance in last week's win and is the healthier of the 2 backs. Fournette looks like the better fantasy play this weekend.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones (quad, finger) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. We'll see what he does on Friday and how he's listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game vs. the Saints.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones (quad) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Bruce Arians did say that Jones is improving and will hopefully be able to get back on the practice field tomorrow. We'll have another update on his progress then.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians was non-committal on Monday when asked about RB Ronald Jones' status for Sunday's Divisional Round game vs. the Saints. Jones ended up missing last weekend's game in Washington after he didn't feel like he could "open up" in warmups, according to Arians. Jones was on last week's injury report with the quad but was a full participant in all 3 practices. We'll monitor his participation this week. With Jones out last week, Leonard Fournette handled 19 of 24 RB carries and 4 of 5 RB targets.

The Buccaneers have activated MLB Devin White from the COVID list. That should put him easily on track to return for Sunday’s game at New Orleans. White missed the past 2 games. He tallied 11 and 14 tackles in the 2 regular-season meetings with the Saints

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones sustained a quad injury in pregame warm-ups before the Saturday night game against Washington, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones is questionable to return to the game. Leonard Fournette and Ke'Shawn Vaughn each saw early snaps in Jones' absence.

Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (groin) is active for tonight's game against Washington. He missed the season's final 2 games after suffering the injury in Week 15 at Atlanta. Davis closed out the practice week with a full Thursday workout, though. His return gives the Bucs back their #1 corner. The matchup limits his IDP upside, though Davis should see the most of Washington WR Terry McLaurin in coverage.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (knee) is active for tonight's game against Washington. We know he'll be somewhere short of 100%, though. Just how far short remains to be seen during the game. Evans makes for a risky fantasy play.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Buccaneers WR Mike Evans plans to "try everything he possibly can" to play in Saturday night's game against Washington. It's good that he sounds like he'll be able to play through the Week 17 knee injury, but it also sounds like Evans will be a risky fantasy play this weekend. We'll see about his official game status Saturday evening.

Bucs WR Mike Evans (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's Wild Card game vs. Washington. He returned to a limited practice and will be a game-time decision, HC Bruce Arians said. We'll get Evans' game status by 7 pm ET on Saturday.

Bucs WR Mike Evans (knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. His injury reportedly isn't serious, and he could play in this weekend's game vs. Washington without practicing. But his availabilty for that one remains uncertain. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's "optimism" Bucs WR Mike Evans (knee) will be able to play vs. Washington on Saturday night. He was officially listed as "did not practice" on Tuesday but was reportedly out on the field for the walkthrough. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status over the next few days.

 
 
 

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