The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be missing four starters against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The team has ruled out safety Chris Conte (chest), right tackle Demar Dotson (concussion), wide receiver Adam Humphries (concussion) and tight end Luke Stocker (ankle).
That’s a pretty hefty blow for Tampa Bay, but the team is used to adjusting to injuries this season. Humphries is likely to be replaced by a platoon of Freddie Martino, Russell Shepard and Josh Huff. Veteran Gosder Cherilus will take Dotson’s place, Keith Tandy will start in Conte’s spot, and Stocker will mostly get replaced by redistributing his snaps among the tight ends already on the roster.
In slightly better news, backup center Evan Smith is likely to play after the missing the last few games, while defensive tackle Gerald McCoy should play despite still struggling with a foot injury.
As for the New Orleans Saints, they’re a little more cagey about who will and won’t play. They listed a whopping eight players as questionable. Center Max Unger seems least likely to play, given that he missed the last two practices, while almost everyone else participated in some manner today.