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Buccaneers miss Mike James, Mike Jenkins and others in final preseason game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to be without a long list of players in tonight's game.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sitting nearly all of their starters today, as is Washington. That's standard procedure for the fourth preseason game, when it's all about those at the bottom of the roster trying to make the team. Pay special attention to special teams plays, where most of those guys will have to earn a living.

The Bucs also have to deal with a slew of injuries, as Mike James, Mike Jenkins, Rashaan Melvin and Bradley McDougald are all out for tonight's game, per Pewter Report. Given the lineups, I assume Da'Quan Bowers and William Gholston are both still out as well. That leads us to the following, highly underwhelming starting lineups.

A few weird things here. First, Anthony Gaitor, the massively undersized cornerback, is now lined up at strong safety. That's because both Major Wright and Bradley McDougald are out with injuries. Akeem Spence being in there shows you that he's decisively lost the battle for a starting spot with Clinton McDonald. Patrick Omameh is the only regular starter to be in that lineup, assuming he even hangs on to his job tonight. Oniel Cousins has started the first three preseason games, but Logan Mankins is going to take over for him.

Another interesting point is that Chris Owusu is starting. He and Robert Herron both got playing time as a third receiver with the Bucs first-string offense last week. It may be that Owusu's starting because he can play on the outside and Robert Herron can't.