The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some bad news on Friday: left guard Kevin Pamphile will miss his second straight game with a concussion, despite participating fully in practice twice this week. It appears he was not able to pass the concussion protocol test in time to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
With backup center Evan Smith also ruled out, that means the Bucs will likely turn to fifth-round rookie Caleb Benenoch to start again. Benenoch was okay against the Chicago Bears last week. Not good, exactly, but too horrible, especially for someone with zero NFL experience and a late-round draft status.
Running back Jacquizz Rodgers will also be out, but the Bucs will almost certainly get starting center Joe Hawley and wide receiver Russell Shepard back, while tight end Luke Stocker appears to have recovered from an ankle injury. All three are listed as questionable, which means they’re likely to play.
As for the Kansas City Chiefs, they appear to be a little healthier than their participation in practice suggested this week. The only player who’s been ruled out is wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, which does hurt their already anemic passing game, while defensive end Jaye Howard is listed as doubtful and is unlikely to play.
The Chiefs did have a litany of players they had limited or held out of practice throughout most of the week, but almost all of them are listed as questionable and should play. That includes linebackers Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson, cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines, and defensive tackle Dontari Poe.