After some worry surrounding Buccaneers’ star receiver Mike Evans missing practice time with a hamstring issue, it looks as though he is a go for this Sunday’s pivotal match-up against the Minnesota Vikings. However, the same can not be said for a key player on the Vikings’ defense as linebacker Eric Kendricks will miss the contest with a calf issue.
Some bad news on the Bucs’ defensive side of the ball is that despite clearing concussion protocol earlier in the week, Jamel Dean is listed as doubtful and is a “true game-time decision” according to head coach Bruce Arians as he is battling with a groin issue.
Outside of Dean, the Bucs appear to be in good shape on the injury front. Though multiple players appear on the report, Dean is the only one with any sort of designation signaling that all other players are good to go - although Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and Ndamukong Suh (not injury related) did not participate in Friday’s practice. JPP was limited throughout the week and the Bucs may be taking the extra precaution keeping him out to ensure he’s ready to go in week fourteen.
For the Vikings, in addition to Kendricks, they will also be without running back Alexander Mattison who is still recovering from a surgery. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is doubtful with a foot injury and fellow tight end Irv Smith Jr. is questionable with a back injury.
The Vikings are certainly more banged up than the Bucs as Tampa Bay appears to have gotten healthy over the bye week. The full injury report is shown below.
The Buccaneers and Vikings kick-off at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.