Fire up the Joe Tryon-Shoyinka hype train because Buccaneers fans are all aboard. Jason Pierre-Paul, following the advice of the medical opinions he received, will not play in Los Angeles this week as the Bucs take on Rams this Sunday for the ability to claim the crown of best in the NFC.
JPP, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, was told to rest in order for his shoulder to get back in better shape. As the Bucs prepare for arguably their toughest matchup of the season, they’ll certainly miss one of their key pass rushers. However, Tryon-Shoyinka will now get an opportunity to see plenty of playing time and situations like this were a big reason the Bucs used their first round pick to bring him in. Tryon-Shoyinka has shown flashes of talent but hasn’t had the opportunity to truly build on anything throughout a game. Now, working opposite of Shaquil Barrett, Tryon-Shoyinka will be relied upon rather heavily to get pressure on Matthew Stafford.
Things are also looking less and less likely for Antonio Brown to play. There has been no news or update as to whether or not he was able to test negative on Friday to put him in line to be eligible this coming Sunday. As it stands now, it would appear that Brown - as well as special teams captain and backup linebacker Kevin Minter - will not be playing on Sunday.
Another rookie, Jaylon Darden, will likely see his first action of the year as a return specialist with Jaydon Mickens missing the game with an abdomen injury. Mickens suffered the injury towards the end of the Falcons game last week and has already been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against the Rams.
As for the Rams, they haven’t officially ruled anyone out yet but signs point to running back Darrell Henderson missing the game. Henderson did not practice all week with a rib injury and is officially listed as “Questionable,” but the Rams have been a pass happy team under McVay when facing the Buccaneers and Henderson’s role was likely going to be extremely limited even if he was full healthy.
The Rams also listed tight end Jacob Harris as “Questionable” with a hip injury.
You can view the full injury report below. The Bucs and Rams will kick off at 4:35 p.m. ET on Sunday. The game will air on FOX with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Erin Andrews on the call.