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Bucs release the initial injury report for the Week 16 matchup against the Detroit Lions

Tampa Bay’s secondary is hurting.

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Carlton Davis III missed Tuesday’s practice due to the knee injury he suffered against the Falcons.
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The Buccaneers are one game away from officially making the playoffs, but that task will become a lot harder if Tuesday’s injury report holds up.

Tampa Bay didn’t practice in official capacity, but instead held a walkthrough. Regardless, Carlton Davis III and Antoine Winfield Jr. —two key starters in the Bucs secondary— both missed Tuesday’s walkthrough with different ailments. For Davis, it was the same knee that caused him to miss the second half of the Falcons game. A shoulder injury is what kept Winfield Jr. out. Arians said Tuesday afternoon that Davis’ knee is “getting better”.

Jason Pierre-Paul was listed as a limited participant. No one else made the report outside of those three players.

As a bonus, Donovan Smith was taken off the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but Ronald Jones II is still on the list. That will be something to monitor this week considering the fact that Smith was placed on the list Friday and RoJo was placed on it the Wednesday before.

Update: Bruce Arians said Tuesday afternoon that RoJo is considered “doubtful” for this week.

The Lions didn’t practice, either, but they are still pretty banged up. Two starters on the offensive line in Frank Ragnow and Halapoulivaati Viti did not go on Tuesday. Linebacker Jamie Collins and wide receiver Kenny Golladay were listed as non-participants, as well. Matthew Stafford was considered a limited participant after playing against the Tennessee Titans, so he appears to be on track to play Saturday.

Be sure to check back in for updates on Wednesday.