Michael Johnson out for Bucs this week

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The Buccaneers will be without both of their starting defensive ends this weekend.

They placed Adrian Clayborn on injured reserve on Monday morning and they ruled Michael Johnson out on Friday afternoon. Johnson injured his ankle in the season-opening loss to the Panthers and things haven’t healed up enough for him to take the field this weekend.

That will leave the Bucs to go with some combination of William Gholston, Da’Quan Bowers, Larry English, Jacquies Smith and Scott Solomon. Gholston and Bowers are both listed as questionable with injuries of their own and didn’t play last week while English and Smith both joined the team this week, although English did spend training camp in Tampa.

It’s not an ideal situation, although it would feel far more daunting if they weren’t facing a Rams team that will be quarterbacked by either a gimpy Shaun Hill or Austin Davis making the first start of his career.

9 responses to “Michael Johnson out for Bucs this week

  1. That’s a tough blow. This was a defense that was shaping up to be one of the best young units in the league. Now Clayborn and Mike Jenkins are on IR and with Johnson hurting, Lovie needs to kick some life into Da’Quan Bowers

  2. Bucs 2 starting DE’s are out, Rams starting DE is out. Rams might start 3rd string qb. They should move this game to primetime. Ratings blockbuster!

  3. Tavon Austin? Lol, talk about a bust.

    The Rams effectively traded EJ Manuel, Kiko Alonso and Marquise Goodwin…for Tavon Austin…yet people think the Bills gave up “too much” for Sammy Watkins?

    That’s hilarious…Marquise Goodwin alone has as much potential as Tavon Austin.

  4. looks like right now we have a great DT and LB, 1 wide receiver and 19 journeymen. Brutal. Had moderate-to-high hopes too. I’ll still be watching and hoping for something positive to happen.

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