TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Vito Vea, cornerback Carlton Davis, safety Mike Edwards and tight end Donovan Smith are among several key Tampa Bay players not eliminated in the Buccaneers’ regular-season finale but heavily involved in the NFC wild Monday night’s playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Linebacker Carl Nassib and safety Logan Ryan are also fit, as is receiver Mike Evans, who sat out the final week of the regular season with an illness.
The Bucks moved center Ryan Jensen from injured reserve to the active roster earlier Monday, bolstering the offensive line.
Jensen missed the entire regular season after injuring his left knee on the second day of training camp. He has been practicing with the team since Dec. 28, when the Bucs designated him to return from IR.
The ninth-year pro’s injuries, combined with the loss of guards Ali Marpet (retirement) and Alex Capa (free agency), have forced the Bucks to rely on a young, inexperienced offensive line to protect Tom Brady this season.
Jensen’s return comes as his replacement, second-year pro Robert Hainsey, is dealing with a sore hamstring. Backup center Nick Leverett, the starter at left guard for the past 10 games, is out Monday night with knee and shoulder injuries.
Tampa Bay’s other inactives include wide receiver Breshad Perryman, defensive end Keanu Neal, tight end Kyle Rudolph and third-string defensive end Kyle Trask.
Defensive backs Quinton Bohanna and Neville Gallimore, linebacker Jabrill Cox, defensive end Will Grier, wide receiver Jalen Tolbert and cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen and Nashawn Wright are inactive for Dallas.
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