With training camp beginning on Friday, the Bucs will be missing a number of players when it starts.

The team announced on Monday that S Justin Evans, ILB Jack Cichy, OLB David Kenney, and WR Xavier Ubosi will be placed on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list, while quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was placed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list.

Evans has been dealing with foot injuries as far back as last season when a toe injury cost him six games and landed him on season ending IR to finish season. He did not practice during OTAs or mini-camp, and was seen wearing a walking boot.

Cichy is another player that is recovering from an injury that happened last season. He tore the ACL in his left knee in week seven of 2018 after previously tearing his right ACL at Wisconsin in 2017.

The Athletic’s Greg Auman has also reported that Fitzgerald has a hamstring injury while Kenney and Ubosi are dealing with a foot and ankle issue, respectively. All three of these injuries are considered to be minor.

The Bucs’ rookies have already reported to training camp as the veterans get set to report on Thursday, followed by the first training camp under Bruce Arians taking place on Friday.

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  1. Not looking good for some of these guys trying to make camp.

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  2. A lot of competition at the safety position, Bowles, and BA aren’t married to Evans, he better get on the field. I don’t see him making the team let alone starting, if has no training camp, and preseason.

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  3. I think J. Evans can still make the team if he misses most of training camp. But if he misses the rest of training camp and pre season? I don’t know…I don’t know…not looking good.

    But I like the collection of safeties the Bucs have out there competing this upcoming weekend. But I am not against the Bucs adding Tre Boston for example.

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    • I think Justin Evans plays less games than JPP in the NFL this year.

      It is possible that JPP is out of all camp but does not miss more than 2-4 games in the regular season. If he does not play, he does not collect his salary because it is a NFI. If he misses all of camp because of the injury, he does not lose any salary during that camp time.

      I also thinks he understands that if the Buc’s cut him, he will have the ability as a free agent to work out for any team and there are a lot of teams that would find money for him.

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  4. Evans and Cichy are going to hurt. We are the walking dead and Camp is just getting underway.

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  5. So the party line has been the injury to Evans’ foot/leg/whatever is not serious. That is until he can’t play.

    He’s a solid player and our best safety, regardless of who drafted him. Saying he won’t make the team is crazy.

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  6. Honestly I wanna see more of whitehead the kid played well needs more reps

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  7. To be honest, I thought we would hear about the big one, that is JPP. Whether JPP has surgery or not, I’m thinking he will go on the Reserve/NFI list until November. The Bucs could use the cap space saved to sign another player. I’m guessing here, but pretty sure we hear something before the first practice.Go Bucs!

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  8. Dirk said something I will always remember; “the best ability is availability,” or something like that.

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  9. Let’s not make these any bigger than they are. This is only the start of a four week Training Camp. No need to put any player on the field with even a minor injury, make it worse and have it last longer. There’s a big difference between being sidelined in Training Camp and missing an actual game. I’m surprised Cameron Brate and JPP aren’t also placed on PUP and NFIPUP lists.

    It’s just hysterical how every year when a player has any sort of injury, we here in Bucville are so quick to want to rid ourselves of them.

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  10. If this was Evans first injury it would be no big deal, you wait for him. That’s not the case, he’s had an injury filled career so far, and has only showed flashes of ability. If the Bucs were OK with him, they wouldn’t keep drafting safeties. This is a new system, and Evans hasn’t taken a snap in it. You guys are acting like he’s been a pro bowl safety for us, and should just make the team. All he’s been so far is another 2nd round bust.

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  11. My view is that J. Evans is still valuable to the team as a nickel or dime defender even if he misses his chance to start due to injury. So I wouldn’t be quick to cut him as he is still a valuable talent relative this very friendly contract.

    But you never know how the new coaching staff feels and the scheme change does change things. I personally think the Bucs will end up keeping five safeties + Bucannon so that is more than enough room for J. Evans to make the roster.

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  12. I like Stewart and Edwards at Safety and Davis and the two rooks at CB / Nichol.

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  13. It unfortunate but it’s the typical Bucs. Too many injuries before the season starts and the injuries continue to mount during the season. This has been a pox on this team for the last decade. 5-11 at best with this group. The GM is to blame for this disaster.

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