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Buccaneers LB Lavonte David suffered a low-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's better than the high-ankle sprain that the Bucs initially feared. It does mean he'll miss Thursday night's game at Philadelphia. Rapoport adds that David will be "week-to-week" beyond that. LB Kevin Minter filled in for David after he left Week 5 and figures to see full playing time while David is out.

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Buccaneers LB Lavonte David, EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder, hand) and CB Richard Sherman (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Saints.

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The Buccaneers have ruled LB Lavonte David (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. That will once again make Kevin Minter a starting-level player alongside Devin White. Tampa also ruled out CB Richard Sherman (hamstring), leaving the defense without a recent free-agent addition who stepped into the starting lineup after injuries forced each of the season-opening top 3 corners to miss time. With Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting on IR, Jamel Dean, Ross Cockrell (slot) and Dee Delaney look like the top 3 at CB.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David left Sunday's win over the Dolphins with an ankle injury. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that an X-ray on the ankle came back negative but that David will get an MRI Monday to determine the diagnosis.

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.

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