Right as one linebacker comes off the COVID-19 list, another linebacker gets put on it. The Bucs have placed linebacker Kevin Minter on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, though it’s not known whether he tested positive or was just in close contact with someone that had it.

This comes just hours after starting linebacker Devin White as well as nose tackle Steve McLendon were both activated from the same list after missing Week 17 and the Super Wild Card Round because of it. Other players that have been on the reserve/COVID list this season include running back Ronald Jones II for Weeks 14 and 15, as well as outside linebacker Shaq Barrett in Week 17 for being in close contact with White and McLendon.

Minter played a pivotal role at starting linebacker in replace of White over the last two weeks. He particularly made an impact play in the Wild Card game as he tipped a pass from Taylor Heinicke that ended up being an interception for Sean Murphy-Bunting, which set up the Bucs’ offense for their first touchdown of the game. Minter had six tackles and one pass breakup in the Bucs’ 31-23 win over Washington.

With White back at linebacker, the Bucs will have their starting defense in tact for now. But Minter also plays an important role on special teams as a captain and will be missed there. Tampa Bay recently re-signed linebacker Jack Cichy to their practice squad in Week 17 and could elevate him to the main roster as a backup with Minter out.

The Bucs will travel to New Orleans for their divisional round match-up on Sunday at 6:40 as they look to beat the Saints for the first time in three games this season.

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thewbacca
16 days ago

Hope he’s okay. Glad the Dynamic Duo is back and at 100%. They play so well together and hope they stay healthy. Go wear down Hill with some backfield tackles! Let Brees and Kamara have a plate full of Nachos.

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drdneast
16 days ago

Is there any chance he could return before the game.
From what I could see initially, Minter played a much better game against WFT than he did against the Falcons. His coverage was much better ad my only gripe was the one time he went airborne on Heinike in the pocket where if he had stayed grounded he would have had a sack.

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thewbacca
Reply to  drdneast
16 days ago

Not likely Minter’s available. Only chance is if his COVID test comes back as a false positive.

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Spitfire
Reply to  drdneast
16 days ago

No chance he would start over White anyways. We definitely need him as a backup and on Special Teams though. White is gonna be fired up to get back at the Saints and being in the Playoffs. He’s obviously still got his coverage weaknesses but when they let him and David lose and get into the backfield they are a nightmare. Be a nice send off for Brees…

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drdneast
16 days ago

u sure wish our defensive coordinator genius could find a way to use Devin White more in blitzing situations and rushing than in coverage. Maybe Jon Leyard has a plan.

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Spitfire
Reply to  drdneast
16 days ago

I would say his 6 Sacks at the end of the year shows he is.

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fredster
16 days ago

If White gets hurt now we would be screwed. Minter is not as good as White blitzing and his coverage isn’t much better either.

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Spitfire
16 days ago

Geez. Hope it doesn’t hit him too hard. Glad White is back and hopefully Minter is back for the Championship round. We will need all hands on deck to embarrass Green Bay again…

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buccaneerNW
16 days ago

Intact is one word.

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bucballer
16 days ago

So who comes in to give David or White a quick blow if Minter is out? Minter is a solid backup. He will be missed. It’s the 6’7 kid that come in isn’t it?

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eaustinyoung
Reply to  bucballer
15 days ago

Jack Cichy maybe? Not that he’s anyone to write home about.

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bucballer
16 days ago

Anybody do the drive by thing at one Buc place to get their free swag last week? I did! I’m pumped! Let’s do this!

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