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Brandin Cooks will play, Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David questionable

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have to play Sunday's game without Lavonte David. The linebacker is officially listed as questionable after missing Thursday's practice with an ankle injury and being limited today. With Kwon Alexander suspended, the Bucs could be lining up an entirely revamped group of linebackers -- though David should be seen as a game time decision. The same is true for Gerald McCoy who's listed as questionable and would have to play with a cast on his hand if he can go. He was limited in practice throughout the week.

The Bucs are also almost certain to be without defensive ends George Johnson and Jacquies Smith, as was the case last week. That once again means extended playing time for Howard Jones and Kourtnei Brown, who held up surprisingly well against the Atlanta Falcons. Other than that, the Bucs have no significant injuries: everyone else is listed as probable, or not on the injury report at all. That includes starter Gosder Cherilus, though it seems likely Demar Dotson has now taken over his spot at right tackle after filling in last week and playing well.

Despite having a litany of injuries and absences yesterday, the New Orleans Saints are also largely healthy. Right guard Jahri Evans and defensive tackle John Jenkins are the only players listed as anything other than probable. Evans and Jenkins have been definitively ruled out, though, which is a bit of a blow to the New Orleans offensive line. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks will play after missing Thursday's practice with a concussion -- apparentlty he's recovered quickly -- while Terron Armstead missing two practices and being limited in a third with a knee injury is apparently no impediment to his playing this week.