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.
Cardinals LB Sean Weatherspoon has missed both preseason games so far and is expected to miss the 3rd as well, according to the Arizona Republic. Someone asked HC Bruce Arians on Monday what he needed to see from Weatherspoon before the regular season: "I need to see a lot, haven’t seen anything yet. That’s very discouraging right now, to not know where he’s at as a football player, having missed most of last year and all of this camp.” Weatherspoon missed all of last season with an Achilles' tendon tear. A hamstring injury has been the big problem this summer. Arians said ILBs Kevin Minter and Kenny Demens have played well so far. They would start if Weatherspoon doesn't prove ready for the regular season. The whole Cardinals LB corps looks pretty iffy for IDP use in fantasy football.
Cardinals LB Kevin Minter has missed the past 5 days with a pectoral injury and could be in for more sideline time. Mike Jurecki of 910 AM in Phoenix reports that the team is considering keeping him out of the remaining 2 preseason games to allow the injury to heal. If that doesn't work, Minter reportedly might need surgery. The down time won't make it easy for him to stake a claim to sub-package work. It's a tough development for a guy who entered the offseason as an intriguing IDP sleeper. Minter still carries upside, but he looks a lot riskier now than he did a month ago and has slid down our 2014 IDP rankings. If Minter misses regular-season time, newly signed LB Desmond Bishop could step into the lineup.