Bucs at Panthers: Who’s In, Who’s Out

The injury report is out for the Monday night meeting between the Buccaneers and Panthers, and yes, Cam Newton has been officially ruled out with a concussion.

Tampa Bay has only officially ruled out wide receiver Cecil Shorts (hamstring), but they have listed running backs Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee), defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) and tight end Luke Stocker (ankle) as doubtful.

Out of that group, only Stocker participated (though limited) in practice every day this week. McDonald and Ayers each took limited reps on Thursday prior to being held out Friday and Saturday.

The Bucs have also listed five players as questionable, or uncertain to play, including cornerback Brent Grimes (hamstring), tight end Brandon Myers (hip), center Evan Smith (back), defensive end Noah Spence (shoulder) and safety Keith Tandy (calf).

In this group, only Spence (who did not practice Thursday or Friday) was unable to fully participate in practice Saturday morning, as even Tandy, who did not practice Thursday, made it all the way back to full participation.

With both Martin and Sims likely being out, Jacquizz Rodgers will finally get his shot at receiving the majority of carries while Russell Hansbrough, who was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday, will likely be promoted to serve as the third running back on the roster.

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On top of Newton, Carolina will be missing starting running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and left tackle Michael Oher (concussion) as well as cornerback James Bradberry (foot) and defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle), none of whom practiced at all this week.

The Panthers have also listed five players as questionable, including linebacker Thomas Davis (hamstring) , wide receivers Devin Funchess (foot) and Ted Ginn Jr. (foot), defensive end Charles Johnson (quad) and running back Mike Tolbert (hamstring). All five were able to fully participate at practice on Saturday.

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