Vernon Hargreaves and Jameis Winston being officially listed as “out” was not surprising. Hargreaves’ hamstring injury was strong enough to immediately rule him out of the Jets game when it happened, so missing a few weeks was to be expected – this is his second straight.
However, Ayers and Smith being out wasn’t something most Bucs fans were expecting at the beginning of the week. Both are missing Sunday’s game in Atlanta due to concussions. When you enter the concussion protocol, it’s unlikely that you not even miss a week, so once it was announced that they were in the protocol, this was not only possible but probable.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter gets DE Will Gholston back Sunday, but will be without DE Robert Ayers: "You're robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak."
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org