The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get four of their key players back today, as RB Doug Martin, DT Gerald McCoy, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and DE Michael Johnson all return to action today. The Bucs will still be missing a few key players, most notably quarterback Josh McCown, who could miss most of the season with a thumb injury. Mike Glennon will start in his place.
Oddly enough, the Bucs deactivated running back Mike James and wide receiver Robert Herron, leaving them with only two healthy running backs. Herron seemed to be earning more of a role on offense in the past weeks, although he still struggled to catch the ball. Perhaps Austin Seferian-Jenkins' return to the starting lineup and the re-signing of Louis Murphy prompted the Bucs to deactivate the rookie.
Linebacker Mason Foster will miss his second straight game, and Dane Fletcher will start in his place. One intriguing change: linebacker Danny Lansanah is replacing Jonathan Casillas at strongside linebacker. Lansanah has stood out in limited playing time, while Casillas has done very little togera keep his job as starter.
Meanwhile, the Steelers will have to go to work without starters Ramon Foster at guard, cornerback Ike Taylor and linebacker Ryan Shazier.
Buccaneers inactives: QB Josh McCown, RB Doug Martin,T Kevin Pamphile, G Kadeem Edwards, LB Mason Foster, WR Robert Herron, DE Larry English.
Steelers inactives (via Scott Brown): CB Ike Taylor, G Ramon Foster, WR Martavis Bryant, LB Ryan Shazier, QB Landry Jones, NT Daniel McCullers, OL Wesley Johnson.