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Buccaneers provide the requisite roster ahead of the Saints showdown

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Due to injury concerns at the wide receiver, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers called Kalyon Geiger Jr. off the practice team before a showdown with the New Orleans Saints.

Tampa Bay had five receivers listed on injury reports this week, and one of them, Chris Godwin, won’t be playing for sure Sunday, Sept. 18. The Bucs also listed the other four recipients as questionable in the final report – Mike Evans. Julio Jones, Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman.

Evans, Gage and Perriman will play according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. Jones made ‘a game-time decision’ in the morning according to FOX’s Sara Walsh. The Bucs eventually confirmed that Jones was inactive for the game per roar. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted that Jones’ injury resulted from landing on his knee at Dallas.

Geiger may not play a snap at receiver Sunday but will likely play on special teams. as Auman noted. As an undrafted free agent, Geiger impressed in boot camp and preseason with his skill level.

In three preseason games, he had six receptions for 54 yards and averaged 22.6 yards on kickoff returns. The former Texas Tech star had 184 receptions, 2,158 yards and nine touchdowns in his college career.

The Bucs also called linebacker Kenny Young off the practice team. Young has 59 regular season game experience under his belt.

He has 195 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one interception and four forced fumbles in his career. The Bucs put him on the practice squad after the Las Vegas Raiders fired him last month. Young previously played for the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams.

Bucs running back Leonard Fournette dealt with a hamstring injury during the week but will play against the Saints according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Fournette started the season opener in Dallas with 127 yards and 21 carries for the Bucs. He remained a questionable for the Saints game in the latest injury report.

Fournette will have a slightly less experienced barrel guard up front on Sunday as tackle Donovan Smith sits out. per Walsh, due to a hyperextended elbow. Smith injured himself against the Cowboys and remained questionable on the injury report.

Josh Wells filled in for Smith against the Cowboys and will return in that role Sunday.

Despite Kyle Rudolph’s ability to catch the pass in the red zone and his past success against the Saints, the Bucs will set him Sunday.

The Bucs’ inactive list for Sunday also includes running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, quarterback Kyle Trask and cornerback Zyon McCollum per roar. Jones and Godwin are also listed as inactive due to injuries.

Tampa Bay will field six receivers and three tight ends Sunday. remarked Auman. Tight ends include rookies Cade Otton and Ko Kieft, who Auman says “played well in blocking roles last week.” Cameron Brate will start tight again.

Auman noted that it “speaks volume‘ that Rudolph is inactive considering the rookies, including Geiger, are pulling in instead. The Bucs signed Rudolph in July to ease the retirement of star tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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