The most significant inactives were already known today: for the Bucs, G Jeremy Zuttah and DT Frank Okam had already been listed as out. WR Sammie Stroughter being inactive is a bigger surprise, but also a sign that Preston Parker has done very well so far. For the second straight game CB Myron Lewis is inactive as well, which is not a good sign for the former third-round draft pick. One big surprise may be Tim Crowder, who has been deactivated in favor of George Johnson
Gerald McCoy, Tanard Jackson, Jeff Faine and Mason Foster are all returning from injuries for the Bucs.
For the New Orleans Saints, LB Jonathan Vilma and RB Mark Ingram are the main inactives. Ingram had already been ruled out, while Vilma was listed as Questionable. Missing the veteran middle linebacker will hurt the Saints' pass defense, but it might actually boost their run defense: Vilma has been very weak in that aspect this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Sammie Stroughter, CB Myron Lewis, LB Zac Diles, G Jeremy Zuttah, T James Lee, DE Tim Crowder, DT Frank Okam.
New Orleans Saints: CB Johnny Patrick, FB Korey Hall, T Ray Willis, WR Adrian Arrington, DE Jeff Charleston, LB Jonathan Vilma, RB Mark Ingram.