Packers vs Bucs Wednesday Injury Report

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Bryan Bulaga (concussion), CB Davon House (shoulder), G Josh Sitton (toe)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Eddie Lacy (eye), G T.J. Lang (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (biceps), LB Mike Neal (abdomen), LB Nick Perry (shoulder)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Isaiah Frey (ankle), CB Jason Williams (ribs)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Mason Foster (achilles), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), T Kevin Pamphile (ankle, knee), WR Solomon Patton (foot)

Buccaneers at Panthers NFL Week 15 Inactives

Buccaneers: WR Robert Herron, WR Solomon Patton, S Major Wright, LB Mason Foster, OT Anthony Collins, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Clinton McDonald.

Panthers:
QB Cam Newton, RB DeAngelo Williams, OT David Foucault, S Robert Lester, OG Amini Silatolu, CB James Dockery, DT Micanor Regis

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preivew – Buccaneers vs Panthers

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

Smith Says McCown to Stay Starter as Bucs QB

There had been some speculation that Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith might want to look at second-year pro Mike Glennon instead of veteran Josh McCown in the final three games. After dancing around the question Sunday and Monday, Smith was direct in saying why McCown remains the starter, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com reports.

“Josh is our quarterback,’’ Smith said. “He gives us the best chance to win.”

“We’re not looking at guys,’’ Smith said. “It’s like every other week. The guys that start are the guys that I think give us the best chance to win. That’s not going to change. Week 16 it will be the same way.’’

“It would be pretty hard to tell the guys “Hey, we’re looking to the 2015 season’’,’’ Smith said. “What I’ve talked to the team about is you come to work, you try win every week. So how could you do it any other way besides that? The future is not here right now. It’s the 2014 season and we feel like we can get some things accomplished. Within the organization, we’re all on board with what we’re going to do in these last games. If we look at someone, we feel like that gives us the best chance to win.’’

Buccaneers at Panthers NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-11) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8-1)

SERIES

BUCCANEERS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 17-11
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 4-3 Rivera: 5-2
LAST WEEK L 34-17 at Lions W 41-10 at Saints
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Panthers 20 at Buccaneers 14. Carolina TE Greg Olsen catches 8 passes for 83 yards & TD. Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin adds 6 receptions for 92 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/1/13: Panthers 27, Buccaneers 6. Carolina QB Cam Newton throws for 263 yards & has 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush). Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. has 36-yard TD reception.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (TB), 136 (Car.). XM: 226 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING McCown: 145-250-1790-9-11-73.9 Newton: 234-401-2812-16-11-81.8
RUSHING Rainey: 94-406-4.3-1 Stewart: 116-563-4.9-3
RECEIVING Jackson: 60-861-14.4-2 Olsen (TE): 71-850-12.0-6
OFFENSE 307.4 341.8
TAKE/GIVE -8 -1
DEFENSE 364.8 356.5
SACKS McCoy: 8.5 Addison, Johnson: 6
INTs Banks: 4 (T2C) Harper: 3
PUNTING Koenen: 40.3 Nortman: 45.0
KICKING Murray (R): 75 (27/27 PAT; 16/20 FG) Gano: 93 (27/27 PAT; 22/26 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH MC COWN aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 2+ pass TDs…RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 138 yards in only game at Car. RB BOBBY RAINEY had TD catch in Week 1…Rookie WR MIKE EVANS had 2 TDs last week & has 8 TDs in past 6. Leads NFL rookies with 10 rec. TDs & 935 rec. yards. Averages 16.4 yards per catch, most by rookie (min. 40 catches). WR VINCENT JACKSON had 10 catches for 159 yards last week. Is 2nd on team with 861 rec. yards & needs 139 for 6th career 1,000-yard season…LB LAVONTE DAVID has 30 tackles, sack & INT in past 3 meetings. Since 2013, is only player in NFL with 250+ tackles (265), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). Leads team with 121 tackles. DT GERALD MC COY had sack in Week 1. Has 6.5 sacks in past 7 & 16 sacks in past 20. LB JACQUIES SMITH has 5 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 sacks last week. CB JOHNTHAN BANKS has INT in 4 of past 8. Leads team with 10 PD. DE LARRY ENGLISH had sack & FF last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won past 2 starts vs. TB. In 6 career starts vs. TB, is 4-2 with 102.9 rating, 10 pass TDs & 6 rush TDs. Last week, had 3 pass TDs with 114 rating & rushed for 83 yards & TD. Has 4 career games with 200+ pass yards, 2+ pass TDs, 80+ rush yards & 1+ rush TD, most in NFL…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in past 9 meetings. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 6 at home vs. TB. Rushed for 155 yards & TD (69 yards) last week. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in past 12 meetings. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 vs. TB at home…Rookie WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had 6 catches for 92 yards & TD in NFL debut vs. TB. Is 2nd among rookies with 9 rec. TDs & 848 rec. yards. Ties for 2nd among rookies with 59 catches. TE GREG OLSEN had 8 catches for 83 yards & TD in Week 1. Had 10 catches for 72 yards & TD last week…LB LUKE KUECHLY had 9 tackles, sack & FF in Week 1. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 452 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Has sack in 6 of past 9 games.

Bucs vs Panthers Wednesday Injury Report

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday RB Bobby Rainey (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Mason Foster (achilles), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lavonte David (concussion), DT Gerald McCoy (knee), TE Brandon Myers (calf), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back), S Major Wright (ribs)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Anthony Collins (elbow)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Ryan Kalil (not injury related), QB Cam Newton (back), G Chris Scott (foot), G Amini Silatolu (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (knee), TE Greg Olsen (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (hip)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Corey Brown (shoulder)

Buccaneers vs Lions NFL Week 14 Inactives

Buccaneers: WR Robert Herron, RB Bobby Rainey, LB Mason Foster, OT Anthony Collins, TE Brandon Myers, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Clinton McDonald.

Lions: DT Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, WR Ryan Broyles, DE Larry Webster, OT Garrett Reynolds, OG Rodney Austin, DT Caraun Reid.

Bucs at Lions Thursday Injury Report

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)
Thursday DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Crezdon Butler (not injury related), TE Brandon Myers (calf), RB Bobby Rainey (ankle), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back)
Thursday T Anthony Collins (elbow), LB Mason Foster (achilles, not injury related), TE Brandon Myers (calf), RB Bobby Rainey (ankle), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lavonte David (hamstring), LB Mason Foster (achilles), TE Luke Stocker (concussion)
Thursday LB Lavonte David (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), S Major Wright (shoulder)
Thursday CB Crezdon Butler (not injury related), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), TE Luke Stocker (concussion), S Major Wright (shoulder)
DETROIT LIONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Nick Fairley (knee)
Thursday DT Nick Fairley (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Calvin Johnson (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back), T Riley Reiff (knee), G Larry Warford (knee)
Thursday RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), T Riley Reiff (knee), G Larry Warford (knee)