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Brent Grimes, Robert McClain out for Buccaneers vs. Panthers

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The Bucs will be missing three key defensive backs on Sunday.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary suffered some devastating blows for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Brent Grimes and Robert McClain, their two starting cornerbacks, are out with injuries—a shoulder injury and a concussion, respectively. The Bucs will also be missing backup cornerback and special teams ace Josh Robinson with another concussion.

The Bucs already have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, and will now have to suit up with very inexperienced players at cornerback, including sophomore players Vernon Hargreaves and Javien Elliott. Cam Newton could (and should) have a field day against this Tampa Bay defense on Sunday.

In better Bucs news, they’re otherwise healthy. Everyone else participated fully on Friday, including quarterback Jameis Winston, and should be ready to play.

As for the Carolina Panthers, they’ll be without center Ryan Kalil, tackle John Theus and running back Fozzy Whitaker. Ryan Kalil’s obivously the most impactful absence there, and that could give the Bucs defense an opening.