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Buccaneers Adding Three Rookie Defenders to 53-Man Roster for Thursday Night Football

Jason Schandl
The Buccaneers added three rookies, including safety Nolan Turner, to the 53 man roster ahead of Thursday Night Football.
The Buccaneers added three rookies, including safety Nolan Turner, to the 53 man roster ahead of Thursday Night Football. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are having a disappointing start to the season, but the blame certainly doesn't lie with a defense that ranks fifth in the NFL with just 17.7 points per game allowed to opponents.

That unit will be a little low on depth for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, however, as three rookies are being called up to the 53-man roster ahead of kickoff.

The Bucs announced a handful of inactive defenders on Thursday, including defensive backs Antonie Winfield Jr., Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting. This left serious holes to be filled for Thursday's gameday roster.

All three of Nolan Turner, Dom Gardner and J.J. Russell were undrafted free agents this year, and Bucs fans will hope none of them are forced into any defensive snaps tonight.

The only one of the trio to see an NFL field so far is Turner, who played 14 special teams snaps in Week 6 and 9 special teams snaps in Week 7.

Injury woes or not, FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds have the Bucs as 1.5-point home favorites over the Ravens.

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