The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to have Doug Martin back as their starting running back for the first time since week two. The Pro Bowler was able to practice fully today, after participating on a limited basis earlier in the week, and is listed as questionable on the Bucs’ final injury report for their game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Bucs are also likely to get defensive tackle Clinton McDonald back, who practiced without limitations the past two days. Mike Evans and Jameis Winston will also play on Sunday, after suffering minor injuries last week.
In less positive news, the team ruled out three players: left guard Kevin Pamphile (concussion), running back Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) and wide receiver Russell Shepard (hip). The biggest loss there is Pamphile, with the Bucs likely to start backup center Evan Smith there. Shepard’s also a big loss, though, as he emerged as the team’s most productive number two receiver after Vincent Jackson was placed on injured reserve. Cecil Shorts will start in his place, but has struggled to make an impact so far.
As for the Bears, they should be almost entirely healthy except for cornerback Deondre Hall, who will not play on Sunday. Once again, the Bucs are wracked by injuries while their opponents are almost at full strength.