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For those hoping there was some sort of pathway for Bucs middle linebacker Devin White to be able to play in Tampa Bay’s first playoff game next Saturday night at Washington, head coach Bruce Arians essentially shut that down on Monday in his day-after-game press conference.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“It looks that way right now (that White is out),” Arians said. “(I) was not overly excited about that (playing on Saturday versus Sunday) and it looks like it could potentially cost us a couple of players that would (be able to) play on Sunday. And we are still hoping but..”

The other player Arians is referring to is nose tackle Steve McLendon, who was signed following Vita Vea’s leg injury against the Bears.

NFL COVID protocols call for a positive player to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days, and next Sunday would make the 10th day since White and McClendon’s positive tests.

The Saints, who had to sit their entire running back room in their game against the Panthers on Sunday after Alvin Kamara tested positive last week, caught a break by having their first playoff game scheduled for Sunday. Due to playing a day later than the Buccaneers, Kamara and his running back teammates will be able to suit up on Sunday against the Bears.

The Buccaneers expect Shaq Barrett, who also missed the season finale against the Falcons, to be able to rejoin the team this week and play on Saturday against Washington. Barrett has reportedly not tested positive, but was classified as a close contact, keeping him off the field on Sunday.

“Shaq will be back. Not sure about [McLendon] yet,” according to Arians.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
8 months ago

I don’t care what BA said about his play, after watching Minter stumble around and blowing coverages against the Falcons this isn’t good.
Alex Smith and Washington use a short passing game like Brees and the Saints. I’d almost rather see the Bucs stick Mike Edwards in the MLB position.

RW
RW
8 months ago

If there’s one team where White can sit out the WFT is it. Their offense is anemic and Alex Smith won’t run like he used to. I say the Bucs D dial up the pressure and that should help the pass coverage.

Buc76
8 months ago

Time for Shaq Barrett to step up. Losing Devin White a huge loss. Hopefully we somehow get through this game then mostly likely on to Lambeau Field

surferdudes
8 months ago

There’s been a lot of talk about the Pale skins young defensive line. Young’s yellow jacket is being shipped already, not bad for a rookie. No one is mentioning Smith, Marpet, Jensen, Cappa, or Wirfs. Well I’m mentioning them. I hope they’re reading the reviews about how good these guys are, and come in with something to prove of their own. If those five take care of business, this game won’t be close. Young shouldn’t be sacking Brady. He should be picking his ass up off the ground when Smith, and Gronk double him, and Rojo runs over him. Let’s… Read more »

PatrioticChief
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

I concur. If the OL does their job the Bucs will blow past the WFT. I don’t think this is a complicated game to win. Guys just have to do their jobs.

Spitfire
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

Exactly, Wirfs has met some solid challenges all year and hasn’t batted an eye. Our boys up front aren’t gonna just get to the playoffs for the first time and lay down, they are gonna battle their asses off and keep Brady upright. To get to the top you’ve got to overcome challenges. Beating a solid defense would be a good start to the post season. I think we are hitting our stride at the perfect time and with Barrett and Davis back our Defense will be ready. Despite any mistakes Monter may have made Sun he will fill in… Read more »

PatrioticChief
8 months ago

This could have been a game White took over. Smith performance under pressure makes Brady look like Mahomes. I don’t really know if I believe White when he says he didn’t do anything to expose himself to COVID, so hopefully his choices don’t damage the team. Safeties and LVD can blitz, just not quite on Whites level. Not to mention Minter was pretty bad against Atlanta.

Last edited 8 months ago by PatrioticChief
Dude
Reply to  PatrioticChief
8 months ago

I don’t know why you wouldn’t take White at his word, what has he lied about to be dismissed so easily? Maybe someone close to him wasn’t as gaurded against getting the China virus and he caught it from someone he didn’t expect? Besides, there are many test out there that give false positives. Truth is, we will never really know about many of these test. Let’s not forget, a pandemic is a multi-billion dollar business for some industries. While this thing is a real threat, not all of the numbers surrounding it is. So one must always error on… Read more »

hamilton
Reply to  Dude
8 months ago

Dude you stupid

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