Buccaneers vs. Saints Injury Report: Saints face defensive problems

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are largely healthy, but the New Orleans Saints face a lot of injuries on defense.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pretty healthy heading into the game against the New Orleans Saints, all things considered. While Tom Crabtree and Michael Adams won't play, the Bucs should see fullback Erik Lorig return and cornerback Rashaan Melvin is likely to make his debut after participating in practice on a limited basis. Adrian Clayborn's appearance on the practice report shouldn't be a major cause for concern.

The only real question is whether left guard Carl Nicks can play. Greg Schiano suggested that he was likely to be platooned due to conditioning issues if he does make it on the active roster.

The Saints have a lot of injury problems on defense. Brodrick Bunkley, their starting nose tackle is, out. Starting safety Roman Harper is questionable, as are starting cornerback Jabari Greer and two of their backup cornerbacks. Starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton was limited for the final two practices. They do have the likely return of Martez Wilson to look forward to, which would at least give them another pass rusher.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Name Injury Pos. Status Wed Thur Fri
Michael Adams Knee CB Out DNP DNP DNP
Tom Crabtree Ankle TE Out DNP DNP DNP
Rashaan Melvin Hamstring CB Questionable Limited Full Limited
Carl Nicks Foot G Questionable Limited Limited Limited
Erik Lorig Calf FB Probable Full Full Full
Adrian Clayborn Hip DE Probable Limited Limited

New Orleans Saints

Name Injury Pos. Status Wed Thur Fri
Isa Abdul-Quddus Ankle S Out DNP DNP DNP
Brodrick Bunkley Ankle DT Out DNP DNP DNP
Tyrunn Walker Knee DT Out DNP DNP DNP
Glenn Foster Ankle DE Questionable Limited DNP DNP
Jabari Greer Back CB Questionable Limited Limited Limited
Roman Harper Knee S Questionable DNP
Akiem Hicks Knee DE Questionable Limited
Tom Johnson Foot DE Questionable Limited
Patrick Robinson Foot CB Questionable Limited Limited Limited
Corey White Illness CB Questionable Limited
Marques Colston Foot WR Probable Full Full Full
Jahri Evans Back G Probable Full Full Full
Junior Galette Hamstring LB Probable Full Full Full
Curtis Lofton Knee LB Probable Limited Limited
Zach Strief Neck T Probable Full Full Full
Martez Wilson Elbow LB Probable Full Full Full

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