The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be playing without return specialist Clifton Smith on Sunday. Smith sustained a concussion against Carolina after a hit by the Panthers Dante Wesley. Wesley was ejected from that game and was suspended for this Sunday's game. Smith is one of two Buccaneers listed as questionable.
Wide receiver Michael Clayton is also questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with a hamstring injury. Four defensive starters are listed as probable. Defensive tackle Chris Hovan (ankle), linebacker Barrett Ruud (elbow), defensive tackle Ryan Sims (hand), and cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring) were all listed as probable.
Five players for the Patriots were listed as out: wide receiver Julian Edelman (forearm), tackle Matt Light (knee), running back Sammy Morris (knee), and running back Fred Taylor (ankle). Two New England players were listed as questionable with knee injuries: defensive back Shawn Springs and offensive linemen Dan Donnolly. Four players were listed as probable: safety James Sanders (shoulder), quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder), wide receiver Randy Moss (shoulder), and safety Brandon Meriweather (foot).
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