Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers appeared to blow a prime opportunity to score points late in the first half when Baker Mayfield threw an interception, but the defense gave Mayfield and company a second chance.
New Orleans got the ball on their own 1-yard-line after Isaac Yiadom’s pick and they handed the ball to fullback Adam Prentice on first down. Safety Antoine Winfield knocked the ball out of his grasp and recovered it on the 6-yard-line.
Mayfield hit wide receiver Trey Palmer in the end zone one play later and the Buccaneers went into the locker room with a 14-3 halftime lead.
Mayfield is now 18-of-23 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, so the interception doesn’t look as bad as it would have if Winfield hadn’t handed the ball back to the offense. Rachaad White has added 36 yards on eight carries to help the Bucs move the ball.
The Bucs may be without wide receiver Mike Evans the rest of the way. He is questionable to return with a hamstring injury.
The Saints drove for a field goal to open the game, but had just 52 yards and three first downs over the rest of the half. Winfield also had a sack of Derek Carr, who is playing with an AC joint injury in his right shoulder and has gone 11-of-17 for 61 yards.
More of the same in the second half will make the Bucs winners on the road.
The Buccaneers offense took some time to get going on Sunday, but their defense ensured that they remained well within reach of the Saints when they finally broke through in the second quarter.
Baker Mayfield hit tight end Cade Otton for a four-yard touchdown with 5:19 left to play in the half for the first touchdown by either team. The Bucs now lead their NFC South rivals 7-3.
Mayfield completed passes to six different receivers on the scoring drive and is now 13-of-17 for 99 yards on the afternoon. One of his completions was to wide receiver Chris Godwin, who also threw a pass to wide receiver Trey Palmer for a six-yard gain during the possession.
The Saints have picked up 82 yards so far in the half and will need to get about that many to put themselves back in the lead before halftime. They may not have tight end Juwan Johnson’s help as he’s questionable to return with a calf injury. The Buccaneers have lost defensive back Ryan Neal to a concussion.
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The Browns will not have quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday, but they will have tight end David Njoku.
Njoku was added to the injury report on Saturday after suffering burns to his hands and face in a fire pit accident and head coach Kevin Stefanski said that the team had to see if he could put a helmet on before deciding on his status. Njoku passed that test and got the green light to play against the Ravens.
Watson is out with the shoulder injury that limited him to just a few throws in practice this week. Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson will make his first NFL start.
On the Ravens side, running back Justice Hill, center Tyler Linderbaum, and safety Kyle Hamilton are all active after being listed as questionable. Safety Marcus Williams was also in that group, but he is inactive.
Ravens at Browns
Ravens: WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR Rashod Bateman, T Ronnie Stanley, CB Marlon Humphrey, EDGE Odafe Oweh, S Marcus Williams, QB Josh Johnson
Browns: QB Deshaun Watson, TE Zaire Mitchell-Paden, CB Kahlef Hailassie, C Luke Wypler, DE Isaiah McGuire, DT Siaki Ika
Dolphins at Bills
Dolphins: QB Skylar Thompson, EDGE Jaelan Phillips, S DeShon Elliott, CB Eli Apple, C Connor Williams, TE Tyler Kroft
Bills: S Jordan Poyer, CB Kaiir Elam, T Germain Ifedi, OL Alec Anderson, DT Poona Ford
Broncos at Bears
Broncos: LB Frank Clark, C Alex Forsyth, LB Josey Jewell, OLB Ronnie Perkins, DT Mike Purcell, S Justin Simmons, S JL Skinner.
Bears: DB Eddie Jackson, DB Jaylon Johnson, QB Nathan Peterman, WR Chase Claypool, RB D’onta Foreman
Steelers at Texans
Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph, P Pressley Harvin, OL James Daniels, WR Gunner Olszewski, NT Breiden Fehoko
Texans: CB Tavierre Thomas, LB Denzel Perryman, QB Case Keenum, RB Dare Ogunbowale, OL Michael Deiter, T Josh Jones, T Laremy Tunsil
Vikings at Panthers
Vikings: S Lewis Cine, TE Nick Muse, C Garrett Bradbury, DL Khyiris Tonga, QB Jaren Hall
Panthers: RB Raheem Blackshear, WR Jonathan Mingo, S Xavier Woods, CB Sam Webb, LB Deion Jones, T David Sharpe
Rams at Colts
Rams: RB Zach Evans, OL Zach Thomas, OL Alaric Jackson, DL Earnest Brown
Colts: QB Sam Ehlinger, CB Darrell Baker Jr., DE Isaiah Land, LB Cameron McGrone, C Ryan Kelly, T Bernhard Raimann, TE Will Mallory
Buccaneers at Saints
Buccaneers: LB SirVocea Dennis, CB Jamel Dean, CB Derrek Pitts Jr., LB Markees Watts, OL Brandon Walton, TE Payne Durham, DL Calijah Kancey
Saints: QB Jake Luton, WR A.T. Perry, CB Paulson Adebo, DB Jordan Howden, OL Cesar Ruiz, TE Foster Moreau, DE Kyle Phillips
Commanders at Eagles
Commanders: RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., DE K.J. Henry, T Trent Scott, G Chris Paul, TE Curtis Hodges, WR Mitchell Tinsley
Eagles: WR Quez Watkins, QB Tanner McKee, S Sydney Brown, RB Rashaad Penny, S Justin Evans, OL Tyler Steen, DT Moro Ojomo
Bengals at Titans
Bengals: CB DJ Ivey, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB Devin Harper, OL Trey Hill, OL Jackson Carman, TE Irv Smith
Titans: WR Treylon Burks, OL Peter Skoronski, LB Luke Gifford, DB Elijah Molden, OL Jaelyn Duncan, QB Will Levis
Quarterback Derek Carr’s status for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers was uncertain all week, but there’s some clarity hours before kickoff in New Orleans.
According to multiple reports, Carr will start for the Saints. Carr suffered an injury to the AC joint in his right shoulder in last Sunday’s loss to the Packers and missed two days of practice before returning on Friday.
The Saints were up 17-0 in Green Bay when Carr was knocked out last weekend, but wound up losing 18-17 so getting their starter back would seem to be a good sign for their chances of getting to 3-1 on the season.
Jameis Winston would have gotten the start against his former team if Carr was ruled out, but he’ll now resume his role as the backup for New Orleans.
Saints quarterback Derek Carr avoided the worst-case scenario last Sunday, when his upper body slammed into the turf at Lambeau Field. He could be on the verge of the best-case scenario.
Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, “there is now optimism” that Carr will play on Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Carr has a sprained shoulder. He practiced on a limited basis on Friday, and he is officially listed as questionable.
If Carr doesn’t play, it will be Jameis Winston, facing his former team.
The Buccaneers and Saints are each 2-1. This will be the first meeting between the team’s since the Tom Brady era ended. The Saints swept Tampa Bay in 2020 and 2021, and the Bucs won both games in 2022.
They met once in the playoffs with Brady on the Bucs. Tampa Bay erased a 10-point second-half deficit to advance to the NFC Championship with a win in the Superdome.
The fourth week of the 2023 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Lions and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.
The Seahawks and Giants play on Monday and their final injury reports will be released on Saturday.
Falcons at Jaguars (in London)
RB Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) is questionable to make his regular season debut for the Falcons. WR Josh Ali (ankle) is out.
Jaguars WR Zay Jones (knee), LB Devin Lloyd (thumb), and DB Antonio Johnson (hamstring) are out. T Anton Harrison (ankle), DL Foley Fatukasi (shoulder), and WR Jamal Agnew (quad) are listed as questionable.
Dolphins at Bills
Dolphins EDGE Jaelan Phillips (oblique) is out. RB Salvon Ahmed (groin), T Terron Armstead (back, ankle, knee), S DeShon Elliott (ankle, groin), and C Connor Williams (groin) were designated as questionable.
S Jordan Poyer (knee) will not play for the Bills.
Broncos at Bears
LB Frank Clark (hip), LB Josey Jewell (hip), and DT Mike Purcell (ribs) are out for the Broncos while S Justin Simmons (hip) is questionable to play.
S Eddie Jackson (foot) and CB Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) won’t play for the Bears. RB Travis Homer (ankle) is questionable.
Ravens at Browns
Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (hamstring) and WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will miss Sunday’s game. CB Marlon Humphrey (foot), EDGE Odafe Oweh (ankle), and EDGE David Ojabo (ankle/knee) are also out while T Ronnie Stanley (knee) is doubtful. RB Justice Hill (toe), S Kyle Hamilton (back), C Tyler Linderbaum (ankle) and S Marcus Williams (pectoral) make up the questionable group.
QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is listed as questionable after a week of limited practices, but the rest of the Browns are good to go.
Steelers at Texans
The Steelers ruled out G James Daniels (groin) and P Pressley Harvin (right hamstring).
T Laremy Tunsil (knee), G/T Josh Jones (hand), LB Denzel Perryman (hand, wrist), and CB Tavierre Thomas (hand) are all out for the Texans. C Michael Dieter (concussion) is their only questionable player.
Vikings at Panthers
C Garrett Bradbury (back) and DE Marcus Davenport (ankle) are listed as questionable for the Vikings. S Lewis Cine (hamstring) is the only player ruled out.
The Panthers will have QB Bryce Young (ankle) back in the lineup. RB Miles Sanders (groin) is listed as questionable along with LB Frankie Luvu (hip) and WR Jonathan Mingo (concussion).
Rams at Colts
TE Tyler Higbee (Achilles), T Alaric Jackson (hamstring), S John Johnson (face), and WR Ben Skowronek (Achilles) are the Rams’ questionable players.
Colts QB Anthony Richardson (concussion) is good to go, but C Ryan Kelly (concussion) and T Bernhard Raimann (concussion) are not going to play. DT DeForest Buckner (groin, back), QB Sam Ehlinger (right shoulder), and G Quenton Nelson (toe) are all listed as questionable.
Buccaneers at Saints
CB Carlton Davis (toe) could return for the Bucs after being listed as questionable, but CB Jamel Dean (neck/shoulder), DL Calijah Kancey (calf), CB Derrick Pitts (hamstring), and LB SirVocea Dennis (hamstring) are all out. DT Vita Vea (pectoral) and linebacker Devin White (foot) are also questionable.
Saints QB Derek Carr (right shoulder) is listed as questionable after returning to practice on Friday.
Commanders at Eagles
RB Chris Rodriguez (illness) is out for the Commanders and S Percy Butler (foot) is listed as questionable.
The Eagles ruled out S Sydney Brown (hamstring) and WR Quez Watkins (hamstring). S Justin Evans (neck) is considered questionable.
Bengals at Titans
QB Joe Burrow (calf) will start for the Bengals. TE Irv Smith (hamstring) is out and LB Akeem Davis-Gaither (knee) is questionable.
WR Treylon Burks (knee), G Peter Skoronski (abdomen), CB Elijah Molden (hamstring), and LB Luke Gifford (hamstring) are out for the Titans.
Raiders at Chargers
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (concussion) and EDGE Maxx Crosby (knee) headline the Raiders report. Both are listed as questionable along with CB Nate Hobbs (ankle), S Roderic Teamer (Achilles), and DE Malcolm Koonce (groin). LB Curtis Bolton (knee) is out.
The Chargers are set to play without RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) and Derwin James (hamstring) after listing them as doubtful. EDGE Joey Bosa (hamstring, toe) and S Alohi Gilman (heel) drew questionable tags. CB Deane Leonard (hamstring) is doubtful while C Corey Linsley (illness) and S JT Woods (illness) were ruled out.
Patriots at Cowboys
DT Christian Barmore (knee), DT Davon Godchaux (ankle), CB Jonathan Jones (ankle), G Cole Strange (knee), and CB Shaun Wade (shoulder) are questionable for the Patriots.
Cowboys G Zack Martin (ankle) and C Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) are questionable to play, but T Tyron Smith (knee) has been ruled out. TE Peyton Hendershot (ankle) is also questionable.
Cardinals at 49ers
DE Jonathan Ledbetter (finger) and LB Josh Woods (ankle) are out for the Cardinals. LB Krys Barnes (finger), WR Marquise Brown (thumb), RB Keaontay Ingram (neck), and T Paris Johnson (ankle) make up their questionable group.
WR Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) is set to play for the 49ers, but WR Deebo Samuel (rib, knee) is questionable and WR Jauan Jennings (knee) is doubtful. RB Elijah Mitchell (knee), LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (ankle), and LB Dre Greenlaw (ankle) are also in the questionable group.
Chiefs at Jets
If Taylor Swift and Aaron Rodgers are at Sunday night’s game, they won’t be seeing Chiefs LB Nick Bolton (ankle) or CB Jaylen Warren (shoulder).
The Jets ruled out S Tony Adams (hamstring) and G Wes Schweitzer (concussion).
Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis may return to play on Sunday against the Saints.
Tampa Bay has listed Davis as questionable, with head coach Todd Bowles saying on Friday that he’ll be a game-time decision.
“He’s moving better,” Bowles said in his press conference “It’s the first time I’ve seen him move in a while.”
Davis has been sidelined by a toe injury. He was a full participant in Thursday’s practice but was limited on Friday.
Defensive tackle Vita Vea (pectoral) and linebacker Devin White (foot) are also questionable. Vea was a limited participant on Friday after he didn’t practice on Wednesday and Thursday. White was limited on Thursday and Friday after he didn’t practice Wednesday.
Cornerback Jamel Dean (neck/shoulder), defensive lineman Calijah Kancey (calf), cornerback Derrick Pitts (hamstring), and linebacker SirVocea Dennis (hamstring) have all been ruled out.
Saints quarterback Derek Carr did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but the door is very much open to him playing against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Reporters at the open portion Friday’s practice noted that Carr was in pads and throwing passes. Carr injured his right shoulder in last Sunday’s loss to the Packers.
After the practice seassion, Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that the team will see where Carr is on Saturday before making any determination about his availability.
“He was limited in practice today,” Allen said. “Every day he’s gotten better. I thought he did a nice job today, we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”
Jameis Winston replaced Carr last weekend and Taysom Hill has also taken snaps at quarterback this season. Jake Luton was signed off the Panthers practice squad to give the team further depth at the position.
Saints quarterback Derek Carr is week to week with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. The initial prognosis was 1-3 weeks, so he isn’t likely to play Sunday.
He and the team, though, aren’t ruling him out yet. They want to give it to the week to see where he is.
Carr remained out of practice Thursday, taking mental reps as Jameis Winston ran the offense.
Carr said Wednesday he could play without throwing this week, but he won’t play if he thinks it will hurt the team. Winston will start if Carr can’t.
The Saints had only one change to their practice report from Wednesday. Tight end Foster Moreau (ankle) returned to practice Thursday as a limited participant.
Safety Jordan Howden (finger), offensive guard Cesar Ruiz (concussion) and cornerback Paulson Adebo (hamstring) remained out.
Alvin Kamara watched the Saints’ first three games from afar and realized he is not a good fan.
He is a good player.
The Saints running back returned to what he loves this week when his three-game suspension ended.
“It’s weird not playing, so obviously it feels good to be back out there with teammates, feels good to be back out there running, moving around,” Kamara said Wednesday, via John DeShazier of the team website. “Finally get to play a game, so it’ll be good.”
Kamara went back to Miami to train after the preseason ended. He had his first regular-season practice Wednesday.
“He looked good,” coach Dennis Allen said. “He’s in shape, looked explosive today. It’s good to have him back out there, so we’re excited to have him.”
The Saints need him. Their offense has averaged only 17.7 points and 93.3 rushing yards per game, and quarterback Derek Carr could miss Sunday’s game with a right shoulder injury.
“I’ve had the same message for seven years: Whatever I’ve got to do, I’m going to do it,” Kamara said. “So, if that’s in the game plan, if that’s in the cards, so be it. But we’ve got tons of weapons. We’ve got guys that can get the ball and make something happen. Whoever plays – if Jameis [Winston] is out there, if Derek is out there, whatever the case may be – I’ve got faith that we’ll be able to get it done.”
Kamara’s next touchdown will be his 73rd and will set the franchise record. He currently is tied with Marques Colston.