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Bucs place Vita Vea on COVID-19 reserve list, activate Jack Cichy from IR

The Buccaneers placed defensive lineman Vita Vea on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the team announced. Vea went on injured reserve Oct. 13 with a broken leg that ended his season. Inside linebacker Jack Cichy, who went on injured reserve the same day as Vea, was activated from injured reserve Saturday. The team placed center A.Q. [more]

Tom Brady: “No excuses for when we don’t get it done”

The days following Tampa Bay’s latest loss included multiple comments from multiple members of the coaching staff that seemed, in totality, to shift blame from the coaching staff for offensive struggles (specifically with the deep ball) to quarterback Tom Brady. On Friday, Brady met with reporters via video conference. Although none of the questions submitted [more]

NFL Week 12 injury report roundup: Will Tua Tagovailoa play on Sunday?

Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with wins by the Texans and the Washington Football Team and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. The teams playing on Monday night [more]

Sammy Watkins set to return for Chiefs

The Chiefs are set to get wide receiver Sammy Watkins back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Watkins has not played since Week 5 because of a hamstring injury, but he was a full participant in practice all week and did not receive an injury designation on the team’s final injury report [more]

Monday night injury apparently ends Bucs center A.Q. Shipley’s career

The playing career of Buccaneers center A.Q. Shipley seems to be over. Coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Shipley will be going on injured reserve, and that he’ll be “starting his coaching career.” Arians suggested that Shipley’s Monday night injury, originally downplayed as a stinger, was far more severe. Shipley, 34, entered the league in [more]

Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith questionable for Bucs

The left side of the Buccaneers offensive line is questionable to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that left tackle Donovan Smith and left guard Ali Marpet will each get that designation on the final injury report of the week. Smith is dealing with an ankle injury while Marpet [more]

Byron Leftwich on Tom Brady’s influence on the offense: “The quarterback is the offense”

The Tampa Bay offense isn’t consistently clicking. As a result, questions have been swirling regarding the responsibility of quarterback Tom Brady for the execution of the attack, and for its design. Is he being asked to do things he’s not comfortable doing? How involved is he in selecting the plays that will be used? The [more]

Patrick Mahomes: I don’t know if I’m on Tom Brady’s level

Patrick Mahomes has won a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP, and a regular season MVP over his first two years as a starting quarterback. That’s an enviable resume, but he has some work to do to make his list of accomplishments look as good as the one Tom Brady has compiled over the last [more]

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is really tired of being held all the time

Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the best interior defensive lineman in the NFL. As such, opposing offenses have to do whatever can do to try and keep Donald from completely ruining their day each and every week. For Donald, that means double and triple teams frequently. It also means being held [more]

A.Q. Shipley may have suffered career-ending injury

Late in Monday night’s game between the Rams and the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay center A.Q. Shipley was out and guard Ryan Jensen had moved back to his original position of center. The broadcast didn’t mention an injury, although it seemed obvious that something had happened. After the game, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians downplayed Shipley’s injury. [more]

Sammy Watkins gets in full practice Wednesday

The Chiefs made wide receiver Sammy Watkins a late scratch last weekend, but this week started off with a sign that his extended absence from the lineup could come to an end this week. Watkins has been out with a hamstring injury since Week 5 of the regular season and was initially listed as questionable [more]

Bruce Arians: Bucs’ offense comes down to whether “quarterback plays well or not”

The season-long dance of the awkward continues between Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. The Bucs have won seven games and they have lost four. When they lose, Arians has no qualms about placing blame on Brady, if need be. On Tuesday night, Arians painted with a broader brush. “[O]ffensively, it’s just [more]

Bruce Arians on lack of big plays from Antonio Brown: “Well, he was open”

Through three games with the Buccaneers, receiver Antonio Brown has 18 catches for 157 yards and no touchdowns. Coach Bruce Arians apparently thinks the numbers should be higher. “Well, he was open,” Arians told reporters on Tuesday when asked why Brown hasn’t made more big plays. “We had one go off his fingertips [and] I’m [more]

Bruce Arians: “We don’t miss the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure”

No risk it, no biscuit. The man who made that phrase famous in NFL circles has seen his offense risk it, but it’s still not get many biscuits via deep passes. So what’s wrong? “We’ve had the guys open, we’ve just missed them,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Tuesday. “There are times when [more]

Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson headline Hall of Fame semifinalists for 2021

Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Jared Allen and Calvin Johnson headline the list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. Manning, Woodson, Allen and Johnson are in their first year of eligibility. The list also includes four players – Eric Allen, Willie Anderson, Cornelius Bennett and Rodney Harrison – who [more]

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