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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Thursday Injury Report

The Bucs are poised to get a defensive leader back this week.

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In what is absolutely a must-win game for the Buccaneers, several key players are pushing to return from injury.

Chief among them is star linebacker Lavonte David, who has fully participated in practice this week after missing the prior two games with a groin injury. After being decimated at linebacker last week to the point of playing safeties there, the Bucs should have David, J.J. Russell (who played well as the only true LB), SirVocea Dennis (full participation this week), and K.J. Britt (upgraded from limited to full) against a much scarier Falcons run game.

Devin White remained DNP with his foot ailment, but the team should be fine without him given the return of others. More concerning, Vita Vea remained out with a toe injury, which would severely hinder the overall defensive line play.

Finally, Jamel Dean also looks to miss his third consecutive game with ankle and foot problems.

Tristan Wirfs (ankle/back) looks to push through his pain as he went from limited to full, and the same goes for Robert Hainsey (knee).

On the opposite side, the Atlanta Falcons may be missing some big names of their own.

Defensive tackle David Onyemata (ankle) has not participated this week. He dominated in Week 7, so him being absent would be a relief to the Tampa interior line.

Starting right tackle Kaleb McGary was DNP with a knee injury, and cornerback Jeff Okudah went from limited to DNP with an ankle. Finally, linebacker Nate Landman (knee) did not participate.

Here’s the full report: