The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to FedEx Field to face off against the champions of the NFC East, the Washington Football Team in the Wild Card round. The game will take place Saturday evening, with kick-off at 8:15 p.m.
Ahead of their game, we take a look at Bucs final injury report to see how these injuries may affect the team heading into their playoff matchup.
Bucs final injury report
Out: Jeremiah Ledbetter (calf)
Questionable: Carlton Davis (groin), Mike Evans (knee), LeSean McCoy (non-injury related)
Notable players on in-week report who were removed from final: Ronald Jones (finger, quad), Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
How injuries could affect Bucs vs. Washington matchup
The Buccaneers are in a tricky spot with the injuries to cornerback Carlton Davis and wide receiver Mike Evans. While Tampa Bay is expected to win as eight-point favorites, it cannot take the risk of holding out some of its top players. Evans has established himself as one of the best wideouts in the game, and he’d be a huge addition to the lineup, though it’s possible he could be limited.
It’s possible Davis was just being held out to be healthy for the playoffs, as he did not play in the team’s Week 16 or Week 17 matchups. Regardless, it will be important for the Buccaneers to have as many healthy pieces on the defensive side of the ball they can.
As for running back LeSean McCoy, he hasn’t been all that effective this season in limited opportunities, and Tampa Bay can win without him. Additionally, Jeremiah Ledbetter has played in just two games all season.