Cyril Grayson and Ronald Jones out of game against Eagles

Bruce Arians’ squad suffers from injuries ahead of postseason start

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, Bruce Arians ruled wide receiver Friday Cyril Grayson and running back Ronald Jones for Sunday’s Wild Card Round game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arians also noted that there would be four other last-minute decisions from key players.

Grayson, who replaced Antonio Brown in Week 17 and caught the game-winning pass with 21 seconds remaining, suffered a hamstring injury in Week 18 and did not practice this week. He did a brief practice on Wednesday, working with the training staff on the field before practice.

Jones, who stepped in after starter Leonard Fournette suffered a hamstring strain in Week 15, suffered an ankle injury in Week 17 and missed last week’s game and all of practice this week. week.

The question marks are on Fournette and linebackers Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Lavonte David.. David, Fournette and running back Giovani Bernard returned to practice this week as part of their 21-day window to return from the disabled list and can be activated at any time.

“I feel pretty good with Shaq and JPP,” Arians said Friday. “Lavonte will be the most questioned, with Lenny”.

The team shut down Pierre-Paul after Week 15 so he could rest the torn rotator cuff he was playing with, while Barrett suffered a sprain in Week 16 and dealt with COVID-19 In the past week.

Barrett had a team-high 10 sacks this season and led the Bucs in the last postseason in the category with four. Arians said he “looked good” adjusting to wearing a brace on his right knee.

David, a defensive captain and the longest tenured player on the team, sprained his foot in Week 15. The Bucs have struggled the past two weeks against the run, and it’s again an area of ​​concern against the Eagles running race, one of the best.

If Fournette can’t, the team will rely on Ke’Shawn Vaughn and veteran Le’Veon Bell. Arians also feels Bernard is “pretty close,” so the team should have three, possibly four riders on Sunday.

With Grayson out, the Bucs signed veteran wide receiver John Brown, who was with Arians when he coached the Arizona Cardinals from 2014-2017, to the practice squad. The Bucs will lean on Breshad Perriman, Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller, along with veteran Mike Evans.

The team will have a final practice on Saturday to finalize their preparations for Sunday’s game.