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TAMPA, Fla. – Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett, who led the team by 10 kicks this season prior to suffering a knee injury in week 16, will be out again this week due to the injury and tested positive for COVID-19, coach Bruce Det announced Arians Friday.
Bucs’ second starting outsider linebacker, Jason Pierre-Paul, will once again be out after missing the last two weeks with a torn rotator cuff that has hampered him all season.
Running back Ronald Jones, who suffered an ankle injury against the New York Jets last week, is also out on Sunday against the Panthers. Jones was wearing a walking boot earlier this week, but has since thrown it away.
“We’ll have to wait and see RoJo’s ankle because he can run straight but he still can not cut,” Arians said.
Cornerback Rashard Robinson (groin) and wide receiver Justin Watson (quadriceps) also miss the finals in the regular season. Cornerback Richard Sherman is in doubt with an Achilles injury.
Arians said running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who got beaten ribs against the Jets, will be ready to go.
Despite the injuries, Arians said Friday: “Hopefully we’ll almost all get back defensively next week.”
He also provided promising news about striker Leonard Fournette, who is still on injured reserve, but worked a bit with the training staff on the sidelines this week during training, as did defender Giovani Bernard.
“I’m pretty sure Lenny will be ready to go,” Arians said.