The Tampa Bay Buccaneers already know they’ll be without one starter versus the Giants on Monday Night Football. The status of two others won’t be clear for a couple days.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians reiterated that the “arrow’s trending up” for tight end Rob Gronkowski as well as safety Sean Murphy-Bunting.
“We’ve got a couple game-time decisions,” Arians said.
Wideout Antonio Brown, who hasn’t played since Week 6 because of a lingering ankle injury, will again be ruled out. Tampa Bay has been without both Gronk and SMB for much of the season.
The former All-Pro tight end missed last week’s loss to Washington after suffering a back injury in the previous game, which marked his return from a four-game absence because of fractured ribs. He’s officially listed as questionable.
Murphy-Bunting, meanwhile, still needs to be activated from injured reserve to be cleared for action. The third-year safety is looking to return from a dislocated elbow suffered in the season opener.
“Sean has shown me he’s probably ready to go,” Arians said. “Getting him back’s one thing, playing 60 plays is another. We can’t overload him, but there are spots that if we get him back in there that he can help us, for sure, and gradually get his role back.”
Arians said wideout Scotty Miller (toe) could also be activated from IR depending on need. Defensive tackle Vita Vea (knee) is doubtful.
- New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) remained limited in practice and is questionable for Monday’s game against the Buccaneers. Running back Devontae Booker (hip) and tight end Kaden Smith (knee) are also questionable. Wideout Sterling Shepard (quad) and safety Logan Ryan, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, have been ruled out.
- The Los Angeles Chargers are planning to activate defensive end Joey Bosa from the reserve/COVID-19 list, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
- Chicago Bears running back Damien Williams (calf) was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday’s game versus the Ravens.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers will activate quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from the reserve/COVID-19 list, putting him on track to start Sunday versus the Chargers.
- Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday versus the Raiders.
- The Cincinnati Bengals elevated tight end Mason Schreck from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.
- The Indianapolis Colts activated safety Jahleel Addae to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived cornerback Anthony Chesley.
- The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms on a three-year extension with cornerback Avonte Maddox. The new deal is worth $22.5 million with $13.3 million guaranteed, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.
- The Cleveland Browns elevated defensive end Porter Gustin, wideout Lawrence Cager and cornerback Herb Miller from the practice squad and waived running back John Kelly.
- The Miami Dolphins elevated running back Duke Johnson to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
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