The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off, this time to the Cleveland Browns on the road, and the consequences of that defeat are showing up on this week’s injury report. Following the absence of significant players on both sides of the ball from Sunday’s game, the Buccaneers saw several big names miss practice on Thursday as they prepare for Monday night’s home game against the New Orleans Saints. A match between the 5-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 4-8 New Orleans Saints would not typically be promoted as a game with significant postseason implications. But this is the NFC South, and the NFC South does not generally perform in 2022 when determining which club will win the division.
Lots of Pains and Injury:
On Monday, the Panthers released former first-round pick Baker Mayfield, their starting quarterback, on opening day. The NFC South has seen a lot of pain this season, including the injury lists, as they prepare for their Week 13 MNF showdown. There are 29 players on both clubs’ injury reports this week. Oddsmakers have Tampa Bay as a 3-point home favorite over New Orleans. In the last five meetings with Tampa Bay, New Orleans is 4-1 ATS. The game at Raymond James Stadium will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, December 5. The game will be aired on ESPN. In both the Moneyline and point spread betting splits for New Orleans vs Tampa Bay, the public is heavily favoring the favored Buccaneers.
Injury Report for the New Orleans Saints:
The Saints have ruled Juwan Johnson after he missed practice all week. For New Orleans, this is a double whammy. Johnson has emerged as the team’s most deadly offensive threat of late. He has five touchdown receptions in the last six games. To make matters worse, reserve TE Dylan Soehner has been placed on the PUP list due to an unspecified injury. LDT Malcom Roach, WLB Pete Werner, and RCB Marshon Lattimore are all considered questionable on defence. Strong safety backup PJ Williams and free safety backup JT Gray are sidelined, as is backup RDE Payton Turner (ankle).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers injury:
Tampa Bay All-Pro correct tackle Tristan Wirfs was seen exiting last week’s game on the back with an ankle injury and a problematic ailing knee. His current damage is expected to keep him out of commission for 3-4 weeks. All week, the Buccaneers kept free safety Mike Edwards and strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr out of practice. They are classified as questionable starters. On defence, two more starters are classified as suspicious: NT Vita Vea (foot) and LDT Akiem Hicks (foot).
Injuries Could Affect Saints vs Buccaneers Lines:
Later in the week, Fournette, Goedeke, Gage, and Brate were total participants in practice and to participate in the MNF game. On the other hand, Edwards and Pro Bowler Winfield will be game-time decisions. However, veteran Logan is on his way back from the injured reserve. He hasn’t appeared in a game since October 2. The two other safety on the Tampa Bay roster is seven-year veteran Keanu Neal and undrafted rookie Nolan Turner, who has played four NFL games, all on special teams. With Johnson out, the onus will be on TD Adam Trautman.