The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will miss six players against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced. Those players include, surprisingly, linebacker Daryl Smith, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and running back Doug Martin. All of them have minor nicks and their absence isn't expected to be serious or long-term, just precautionary for a largely meaningless preseason game.
Those absences should give some other players some room to shine. It'll be interesting to see how Charles Sims handles being a real first-string running back, and what the defensive line looks like in McCoy's absence. Who will line up at three technique, and what will the team's pass-rush package look like?
The Bucs will also be missing guard J.R. Sweezy, tackle Caleb Benenoch and wide receiver Louis Murphy, all three of them suffering from long-term injuries.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, meanwhile, aren't too healthy themselves. Tackle Kelvin Beachum and defensive tackle Roy Miller are the main names to miss tonight's game. The Bucs may see some of their 2014 fifth-round pick Kadeem Edwards on Jacksonville's team -- he's listed as their second-string left guard.