The injured Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be able to have some key players active Sunday at New Orleans Saints. This will bring them closer than in many weeks. They face Jameis Winston, a former Buccaneers quarterback.
After being listed as questionable on Friday, tight end Rob Gronkowski and inside linebacker Lavonte Dave will be available. Cornerback Richard Sherman will also be active. Dee Delaney (cornerback), who has taken over for Sherman after sustaining an ankle injury last week, is the only questionable player on Friday’s injury report. Antonio Brown, wide receiver, will also be out of action due to an ankle injury.
Gronkowski sustained cracked ribs during the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. David sustained a low ankle injury in the Bucs' win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 5. Sherman sustained a hamstring injury during the Bucs' Week 6 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. All three players returned to practice for the first time after their respective injuries.
Two starting cornerbacks, Sean Murphy-Bunting (left) and Carlton Davis (right) remain out of the team's lineup. There is no timeline for their return. Both Scotty Miller, a wide receiver, and Zach Triner (long-snapper) are on injured reserve.
The Bucs currently hold the sole possession of the NFC South's first place at 6-1. Meanwhile, the Saints in second are coming off a 13-10 Monday Night Football victory over the Seattle Seahawks. This will improve their record to 4-2.