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Buccaneers OLB Shaq Barrett is active for today's game against the Panthers. He arrived questionable with an oblique issue but is available for your IDP lineups. S Mike Edwards (hamstring) is also active despite a "questionable" tag.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said in his Monday press conference that LB Devin White was active only as an "emergency" option for the Week 5 loss to the Saints. He said they put White on the gameday roster because an injury to fellow LB Jack Cichy left the team with only 3 ILBs. Arians added that White will be "ready" for the Week 6 clash with the Panthers. That indicates we should trust the 1st-round pick returning to his full-time role and take fill-in Kevin Minter back out of consideration.

Buccaneers LB Devin White returned to a limited practice Wednesday. He sat out the past 2 games after suffering a knee injury early in the Week 2 win at Carolina. White says he'll be ready to play at New Orleans on Sunday. That matchup has added upside since QB Teddy Bridgewater stepped in for Drew Brees and shortened the range in which the Saints work.

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Bucs WR Chris Godwin (hip) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so it’s tough to believe that he’s anywhere close to 100%. Godwin is more of a WR3 this week.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (hip) is expected to play against the Rams today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Godwin only got in a limited practice on Friday, but HC Bruce Arians said he was "moving around well." The hip issue still adds risk to Godwin's Week 4 fantasy outlook -- on top of a tough matchup against a loaded Rams secondary.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians labeled WR Chris Godwin (hip) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Rams. Godwin returned to practice on Friday after missing the first 2 days and was "moving around well," according to Arians. Bucs-Rams doesn't kick off until 4:05 pm ET, so hopefully we get an update on Godwin's status on Sunday morning.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (hip) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. His availability for this weekend's game against the Rams is now in serious doubt. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin was held out of Wednesday's practice with a hip issue. He played his usual snap rate in last weekend's loss to the Giants, so this could just be a day off. We'll update Godwin's status tomorrow.

Buccaneers LB Devin White sprained the MCL in his left knee in Thursday night's win over the Panthers. HC Bruce Arians told reporters Friday that it's just a Grade 1 sprain and that White might miss a game or 2. He also left open the possibility that White could be ready to play in Week 3. If White can't go, Kevin Minter would fill in.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans and LB Devin White will play today against the 49ers, despite entering Sunday questionable with illness. "This was never in doubt," according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Fire up both for positive fantasy matchups if you were considering them.

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.

ESPN's Jenna Laine reports that Buccaneers edge star Jason Pierre-Paul has gained doctor clearance to begin rehabbing his neck injury. That doesn't necessarily mean a return to the field is near, though. "There is no timetable for the recovery," Laine writes. "They absolutely will not rush this." Expect JPP to not be available for your IDP league this season. He's still worth holding in dynasty formats, though. And reports around the time of his car accident indicated playing late in 2019 might be within reach.

Bucs WR Mike Evans returned to practice on Monday, according to insider Rick Stroud. He ended up missing about a week with what was believed to be a minor quad injury. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward. Evans is safe to draft in the back half of Round 2.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans practiced Wednesday for the 1st time since training camp began, according to Pewter Report. Evans also spent offseason workouts on the sideline thanks to multiple surgeries on the foot he injured late last year. A healthy Evans should be able to work his way back into the starting lineup. But getting there in time for Week 1 might be a bit too much to expect. M.J. Stewart joined SS Jordan Whitehead in the starting lineup for Friday night's 3rd preseason game.

Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder in Friday night's preseason game against the Browns. "His shoulder popped out," HC Bruce Arians said after the game, according to ESPN. "He was hurting pretty good, but [I told him], 'Good thing it's not your throwing shoulder. You'll be all right.'" Arians said the Bucs would seek another QB before the preseason finale, but this doesn't seem like an issue that should keep Gabbert out into the regular season. Of course, Gabbert's status only matters if Jameis Winston goes down.

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones returned to practice Friday, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine. That bodes well for the knee he hyperextended in the 2nd preseason game. Laine also reported, however, that Jones has "had some busts" in blitz pickups and still needs route-running work. Jones has followed a mildly buzzy spring with a lackluster summer and seems set as the #2 guy in the backfield. He also could face a challenge from Dare Ogunbowale, who has generated his own slight buzz lately -- including positive reviews of his receiving skills. Overall, this looks like a backfield to try to avoid for fantasy football.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones missed time early this week with swelling in his knee. But he practiced the past 2 days and is expected to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Browns, according to insider Greg Auman. Jones and RB Peyton Barber have split 1st-team snaps and touches almost right down the middle across the first 2 exhibitions.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans missed practice Monday after leaving Sunday's workout with an apparent left quad injury, the Tampa Bay Times reports. HC Bruce Arians told reporters after practice that Evans had "tweaked" the area and that "it's nothing serious." But he also said he didn't know if Evans would be better in time for Friday's 3rd exhibition game. We don't care whether Evans takes part in that fake contest. But we'll be watching to make sure this issue doesn't linger too long.

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones sat out practice Monday. Afterward, HC Bruce Arians told reporters (according to Pewter Report): "Ronald's knee swelled up a bit, so we're trying to take it day by day with him." Sounds like Arians isn't overly concerned, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. A healthy Jones hasn't made for all that exciting a fantasy football draft option, though.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said Friday that Dare Ogunbowale is making "a real strong case" to be the team's #3 RB, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. "He's probably our second-best pass protector," Arians added. The 3rd Tampa RB isn't a high-upside spot for fantasy, but it at least sounds like you shouldn't bother considering undrafted rookie Bruce Anderson in any redraft format. We'll see how the backfield sorts out.

 
 
 

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