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Buccaneers vs. Cardinals injury report: Robert Nkemdiche, Lavonte David late additions

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing games with the injury report this year, it seems. The team listed five players as questionable, including Lavonte David with a shoulder injury, despite all but one of them practicing fully throughout the week. With the 'probable' status eliminated this year, though, the team really doesn't have any alternatives between 'questionable' and 'full go'.

The one player who was limited in practice is defensive Robert Ayers, whose participation in Sunday's game may genuinely be in doubt. If he can't go, that would be a pretty big blow to a Bucs defensive line that already lost Jacquies Smith.

The rest of the questionable players should be fine, though. That would be linebackers Lavonte David, Adarius Glanton and Devante Bond, as well as safety Ryan Smith. There's a decent chance the Bucs keep Bond and Smith inactive regardless, as they did in week one.

As for the Cardinals, they'll have to miss defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Kareem Martin. In addition, guard Evan Mathis, wide receiver J.J. Nelson, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and running back Stepfan Taylor are listed as questionable. Mathis is unlikely to play, and Nkemdiche's status remains unknown -- he was added to the injury report just today.

In all, that's a pretty big blow to both sides of the Cardinals line. With Rucker out and Nkemdiche either out or limited by injury, their interior defensive line has been hit pretty hard -- though they still have Calais Campbell -- while Evan Mathis is a stalwart lineman on offense.