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Buccaneers Rule Out Key Player on Saturday Before Week 7

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out a key player on Saturday ahead of their Week 7 game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out a key player on Saturday ahead of their Week 7 game. / Associated Press

Injuries have ravaged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the early part of 2022, leading them to a disappointing 3-3 record ahead of Week 7. Tampa is making some strides on the health front, though, with the Carolina Panthers up next on the schedule.

Unfortunately, the Bucs will have to make do without a key player on Sunday.

Starting cornerback Carlton Davis has been officially ruled out for this division clash. He was downgraded from questionable after missing practice earlier in the week due to a hip injury.

Davis originally picked up the hip issue in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons. He managed to play through it and was on the field for 100% of the team's defensive snaps this past Sunday, but Tampa Bay will be without him versus Carolina.

The fifth-year pro has started in each of the team's first six games, recording four passes defensed and a forced fumble opposite of Jamel Dean.

Davis has struggled a bit in coverage, allowing the fifth-most receptions (29) this year, according to ProFootballFocus. Still, his absence now creates a bigger hole in the secondary after already losing Logan Ryan to the injured reserve list. Fellow CB Sean Murphy-Bunting has also been ruled out for Week 7, leaving this team severly shorthanded against the Panthers.

Thankfully Carolina's offense has been lackluster in 2022, and it should be even worse on Sunday following the trade of star running back Christian McCaffrey. FanDuel Sportbook's NFL odds think the Bucs will take care of business easily, projecting them as huge 13.5-point favorites.

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