The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will almost certainly have to play the Atlanta Falcons without veteran guard Evan Smith and veteran defensive end Robert Ayers, both of whom missed their second consecutive day of practice with a concussion.
Smith is likely to be replaced by Kevin Pamphile, who’s been sharing the left guard position all season (yes, they’ve been rotating during games for some reason). Ayers will probably be replaced by William Gholston, who practiced fully today and appears to be recovered from his neck injury.
Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is also still absent and will probably miss Sunday’s game, giving Ryan Smith and Robert McClain more playing time again.
As for the Atlanta Falcons, their only signficant injury is to punter Matt Bosher, who they may have to find a last-minute replacement for. He’s missed the past two practices now.