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Buccaneers Get Frustrating Injury News on Three Key Defenders

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have received some disappointing injury news on three key defenders ahead of Week 6.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have received some disappointing injury news on three key defenders ahead of Week 6. / (AP Photo/Alex Menendez)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are gearing up for a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6. While Pittsburgh's offense is in a state of flux, they still have playmakers that could create problems if the Bucs don't take them seriously.

Now Tampa Bay's defense has taken a hit ahead of this contest.

Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, safety Logan Ryan and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks have all been ruled out for Week 6. It's certainly frustrating to know the Bucs will be shorthanded against a desperate Steelers team, but the remaining starters should be able to get things done.

Hicks has been sidelined since Week 2 due to a foot injury. Given he was expected to miss a month with the issue, his absence isn't a total surprise. Hopefully the former Pro Bowler is able to finally make his return in Week 7.

Sunday will mark Ryan's second consecutive absence after he picked up his own foot injury in Week 4. He's made an immediate impact over the first four games, recording 2 passes defended and an interception so far.

Murphy-Bunting, meanwhile, departed the Bucs' Week 5 contest with a quad injury. He was coming off of his performance of the year one game prior, logging an interception and pass defended against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Luckily the Steelers are plagued by even more injury troubles than the Buccaneers, so Tampa Bay's losses shouldn't have any major impact on them pulling out another win. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds peg the Bucs as big 8.5-point favorites ahead of kickoff.

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