The Bucks added rookie corner Chris Isien to Friday’s injury report after he missed practice due to illness. He was listed as questionable Sunday. This will be a big concern for the road game against the Texans, as the Bucs have two talented wide receivers who can handle yards after the catch well.
If Isien is unavailable, Tampa Bay will likely play Dee Delaney or Zion McCollum in the slot, but McCollum is better as an outside corner. Isien is a cause for concern, but the team was in a similar situation in Week 6 when Shaq Barrett missed Thursday and Friday practice with an illness, making him questionable but unable to play. Ta. I hope Yijien recovers quickly enough from his illness before he sets off on his road trip.
Aside from Isien’s surprise, Tampa Bay is back to the status quo. During practice on Friday. Tristan Wirfs, Vita Vea, and Keavon Meriwether participated. Logan Hall and Matt Feiler once again missed practice. After practice, coach Todd Bowles ruled Hall and Feiler out of Sunday’s contest, saying everyone else was “in.” The Bucks still gave Merriweather and Bear the questionable designation.
The Texans have some concerning injury issues, with starting running back Dameon Pierce and wide receiver Robert Woods out. They are two key pieces to the Texans’ offense, led by rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. This gives the Bucs defensive unit a huge advantage, as Texas is missing several good players. Hall is giving the Bucks a lot of playing time, but Via’s return will be a big boost up front as he plays against a fourth-string center. Tampa Bay has struggled to apply pressure lately, but Vea still leads the team with 3.5 sacks.
Aaron Stinney, who played well last week, will start in Feiler’s place at left guard for the second straight game. Starting in Hall’s place for this game will be a committee of Will Golston, Greg Gaines, Mike Green, and potentially Deadline Sennert or Pat O’Connor from the practice squad. Baer and Kariya Kanshi will start on defense.
Full injury report for Bucs and Texans
Below are the final and complete injury reports for the Bucs and Texans, as well as game status for multiple players.
G Matt Feiler – Knee – Not in – Out
DL Logan Hall – Crotch – Did Not Participate – Out
S Christian Idzien – Illness – Did not participate – Doubtful
S Kayvon Merriweather – Ankle – Full participation – Questionable
Northern Territory Vita Vea — Crotch — All Participation – Suspicious
LB Lavonte David – Rest – Did not play.
WR Mike Evans – Rested – Did not participate.
T.E. Ko Kyivut — Ankle — Limited Participation
QB Baker Mayfield — Knee — Full participation
T Tristan Wirfs — Quadriceps — Full participation
T.E. Brevin Jordan – Footy – Not played – Out
R.B. Dameon Pierce – Ankle – Inactive – Out
W.R. Robert Woods – Legs – Not played – Out
DT Sheldon Rankins – Knee – Limited Participation – Questionable
lb Blake Cashman — Wrist — Full Participation
T George Fant — Legs/Shoulders — Full Participation
C.B. Kadar Hallman — Ankle — Full participation
T. Titus Howard — Knee — Full participation
T Josh Jones — Hand — Full Participation
lb Denzel Perryman — Hand/Wrist — Full Participation
C.B. Tavierre Thomas — Hand — Full participation
T Laremy Tunsil — Knee — Full participation