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The Bucs had done as good of a job as any team in the league in avoiding COVID-19 issues all season long, but the virus has reared its ugly head at a record level across the country and Tampa Bay was no longer able to avoid it.

The team announced that inside linebacker Devin White, pass-rushing outside linebacker Shaq Barrett and nose tackle Steve McLendon were placed on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

According to reports White has actually tested positive and that would put him out of the Bucs first playoff game next weekend due to a minimum 10-day required quarantine.


Barrett could be back in time for the playoffs however, as reports suggested that he was just a close contact and would only miss five days if he continues to test negative.

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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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ScottC543
8 months ago

Hopefully White will be without symptoms and can play in the second or third round of the playoffs.

ScottC543
8 months ago

Just saw the Alvin Kamara has tested positive too.

PissedOffBuc1988
8 months ago

It’s time for other guys to step up. Anthony Nelson will get his opportunity to shine in an expanded copacity. Minter is a veteran who may not be Devin, but he is serviceable. It’s time for the offense to really take off and carry the load. Time to face adversity.

Last edited 8 months ago by PissedOffBuc1988
Spitfire
8 months ago

Hopefully White has mild symptoms, would hate for him to get real sick because it can get really bad in some cases. Hopefully he can get back on the field after his 10 days. Minter is more than serviceable, he is as solid as it gets for a reserve LB. Barrett may be struggling this year but still gets constant pressure. Hopefully we can fill in for them this week and still take care of business.

plopes808
8 months ago

Thoughts and prayers that White doesn’t suffer too many complications. As for our chances in the playoffs, I don’t think it should effect us too much as we still have David out there and Minter is more than capable.

MWD
MWD
8 months ago

This is complete bullshit in my opinion- White possibly out for the first round of the playoffs because he tested positive? This tells me that some players are just not taking the necessary precautions to stay safe. This has holiday party or get together written all over it. People have got to take precautions and suck it up to not go to parties or hold a party until this COVID crap is mitigated. As a HS coach when we were about to start the playoffs this year, we mandated the football team to go virtual so that we would try… Read more »

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Dave
8 months ago

Well I guess we’ll find out if the NFL wants the Saints to go deep in the playoffs or not. Because realistically, having the Saints play on a prime time spot on Saturday should be a better viewing slot. If they do that, Kamara wouldn’t be eligible to play in their 1st round playoff game. If they’re scheduled for Sunday, he can play

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
twspin
8 months ago

Ruck up Bucs! Nobody said anything when we were trouncing teams with key players missing due to Covaid. Now it’s our turn. No excuses. Next man up baby!

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