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Jonathan Stewart, Fozzy Whitaker, Ted Ginn Jr. likely out against Buccaneers

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to face a depleted Carolina Panthers offense on Sunday. Running backs Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker have already been ruled out, while Ted Ginn Jr. is listed as Doubtful and considered very unlikely to be able to suit up on Sunday.

Those three players combined for 2,059 of the team's 5,505 yards from scrimmage this season and 18 of 49 touchdowns, so that's a significant blow to the Panthers offense -- though they do still have Greg Olsen, Mike Tolbert and, of course, Cam Newton to carry them the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, the Bucs are entirely healthy -- after placing Chris Conte and Vincent Jackson injured reserve, that is. Everyone on the injury report is listed as probable, including starters William Gholston, Logan Mankins and Sterling Moore.

The Bucs actually have a decent chance of beating the Panthers on Sunday. Not only is Carolina resting a number of key players, the Bucs had a chance of beating the Panthes earlier in the season -- except they turned the ball over five times, including four Jameis Winston interceptions. Winston has since massively cut down on turnovers and we're unlikely to see a repeat of that performance and more likely to see at least a close divisional game.