Antonio Brown did not clear COVID-19 protocol and Jason Pierre-Paul is resting an injured shoulder. Neither player will be out there for the Buccaneers as they take on the Los Angeles Rams in what many believe could be a preview of the NFC Championship game.
Both teams are 2-0 and if this is indeed a preview of the NFC Championship, this game could go a long way in determining who gets home field in that game. For the Bucs, it will be all about showcasing their depth at wide receiver with players like Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller, and rookie Jaylon Darden while seeing what first round pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka can do in JPP’s absence.
They are also missing their special teams captain and backup linebacker in Kevin Minter who is also on the Reserve/COVID list with Brown. A huge loss not only on special teams but in the ability to give Devin White or Lavonte David a breather if needed.
For the Rams, it will be about getting pressure on Tom Brady, eliminating Chris Godwin and Mike Evans from the offensive game plan, and exposing a struggling secondary with a red hot Cooper Kupp. Sean McVay has historically abandoned the run against the Buccaneers, so the loss of Darrell Henderson today may have some impact in goal-to-go situations, but may not alter what he wanted to do on the offensive side of the ball. Former Patriots running back Sony Michel will get the start in Henderson’s absence.
Here is the full list of inactive players for the Bucs and Rams;
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OLB - Jason Pierre-Paul
WR - Jaydon Mickens
QB - Kyle Trask
G - Nick Leverett
DL - Khalil Davis
Los Angeles Rams
RB - Darrell Henderson
QB - Bryce Perkins
S - JuJu Hughes
S - J.R. Reed
OL - Alaric Jackson
TE - Brycen Hopkins
DL - Bobby Brown III
Tampa Bay elevated CB Rashard Robinson and TE Deon Yelder from the practice squad for this game. This also marks the first time this season that RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn is active.
The Buccaneers and Rams kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET inside SoFi Stadium - the home of Super Bowl LVI. The game can be seen on FOX with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Erin Andrews on the call.