As the 2021 NFL season gets underway, injuries have taken off at an alarming rate thus far.
With the Buccaneers set to make the trek to Los Angeles and go head-to-head with the Rams, two Tampa Bay players have already been ruled out for the Week 3 contest.
Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul have been declared out against the Rams.
Pierre-Paul got a second opinion on his injured shoulder and was recommended rest, as first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The veteran pass-rusher led Tampa Bay in sacks last season, however, he was yet to bring down the quarterback in any of the team's first two games in 2021.
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Mickens, however, serves as a depth option at wide receiver, while also handling the kick and punt return duties. While he's on the smaller scale of receivers, he presents a jolt in the return game, averaging 29 yards per attempt on kick returns and an average of 10.5 yards on punt returns.
This will leave the Bucs with rookie pass-rusher Joe Tyron-Shoyinka to fill the void of Pierre-Paul and presumably Scotty Miller to get more action in the return duties with Mickens unavailable.
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