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Colts - Buccaneers Monday Night Football Inactives - Frank Okam inactive, Corey Lynch starting

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The inactives are out for the Colts-Buccaneers game, and there are some surprises there. For one, Frank Okam is inactive for the first time this season. The huge defensive tackle looked good in preseason but has not done much during the regular season so far, although he has mostly been asked to play undertackle which doesn't seem to be his forte. With Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Roy Miller the Buccaneers probably think they have enough depth, especially so because a number of their defensive ends can play 3-technique defensive tackle if needed. The fact that Frank Okam doesn't add much as a pass rusher probably played a role in this decision. 

In addition, Quincy Black is active which should mean he is starting as well. If he is healthy, this is good for the Buccaneer defense. While Dekoda Watson is a much better pass rusher, Black is a better run defender, and that's mostly what he will be asked to do. Corey Lynch appears to be stepping in for injured S Cody Grimm, which makes sense as the relatively veteran safety did decently when asked to start late last year. Don't be surprised if second-year player Larry Asante gets some plays as well, though. 

Interestingly, newly promoted TE Collin Franklin is active for the Bucs. 

For the Colts, there are no significant extra injuries. As expected Kerry Collins is a no go, as are linebacker Ernie Sims, guard Ryan Diem and defensive tackle Fili Moala. All of these have played big roles on the team but have missed the previous few games as well. 

Full inactives:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
WR Sammie Stroughter, RB Allen Bradford, CB Anthony Gaitor, G Derek Hardman, T James Lee, TE Zack Pianalto and DT Frank Okam. 

Indianapolis Colts:
QB Kerry Collins, QB Peyton Manning, WR Anthony Gonzalez, CB Kevin Thomas, LB Ernie Sims, G Ryan Diem, DT Fili Moala