Jul 30, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Ndamukong Suh removed from COVID-19 list

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, clearing him to play in Thursday’s NFL season opener.

Over the past few days, kicker Ryan Succop as well as offensive linemen Nick Leverett and Earl Watson also were removed from the COVID list.

Suh, 34, has started 147 consecutive regular-season games since the end of the 2011 season. He has never missed a game because of an illness or injury.

Last season, Suh made 44 tackles and registered six sacks to go along with 19 quarterback hits.

The Super Bowl champion Buccaneers will meet the Dallas Cowboys in Tampa on Thursday. With Suh back, the Buccaneers will have every starter from their championship team on the active roster.

To open a spot for Suh on the 53-man roster, the Buccaneers waived rookie kicker Jose Borregales. An undrafted free agent from the University of Miami, he hit one of two field goal attempts and one of two extra point tries in the preseason.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs put DL Ndamukong Suh on reserve/COVID list

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will place defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh on the reserve/COVID-19 list, The Athletic reported Saturday.

Suh didn’t travel to Houston with the team for Saturday night’s preseason finale against the Texans.

Suh becomes the fourth member of the Bucs to be placed on the list, joining kicker Ryan Succop and offensive linemen Nick Leverett and Earl Watford.

Being placed on the list means a player either tested positive for the virus or was a close contact of someone who did.

Suh, 34, started all 16 regular-season games for the Buccaneers in 2020, recording 44 tackles and six sacks. He is a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

The Buccaneers are set to defend their Super Bowl championship beginning Sept. 9 when they open the season against the Dallas Cowboys.

–Field Level Media

Feb 10, 2021; Tampa Bay, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a boat parade to celebrate victory in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs announce re-signing of DT Ndamukong Suh

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday formally announced the re-signing of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The team did not disclose terms of the contract, but reports last week put the deal at one year for $8 million.

“Ndamukong Suh has been one of the game’s premier interior defensive linemen for more than a decade,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “The toughness, durability and remarkable football IQ that Suh brings has been instrumental to the transformation of our defense over the past two seasons. We are really excited to have his presence on the field and in the locker room again in Tampa Bay.”

Suh, 34, admitted on Monday that he felt it was only natural that he would rejoin the Super Bowl champions.

“Tampa was always the ultimate goal. I’m super-comfortable in that city. … I love playing in (defensive coordinator Todd) Bowles’ defense,” Suh said.

Suh recorded 44 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble in 16 games last season with the Buccaneers.

“I wanted to have an opportunity to come back with a group of guys who have an opportunity to potentially go back and earn another ring,” Suh said.

Suh spent his first five seasons with the Detroit Lions (2010-14) before joining the Miami Dolphins in 2015 on a six-year, $114 million contract. That was then the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history.

Suh has collected 563 tackles and 64.5 sacks in 174 career games with the Lions, Dolphins (2015-17), Los Angeles Rams (2018) and Buccaneers since being selected with the second overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

NFL Week 8 Football Props: Rams vs. Packers

NFL Week 8 Football Props: Rams vs. Packers

The Rams continue to roll. Boasting an impressive 7-0 start, they’re the favorites to win Super Bowl 53. Jared Goff is playing as an MVP candidate, Aaron Donald is Wreaking havoc for QBs in the backfield, Todd Gurley the unstoppable force that has yet to meet the immovable object. They’ve posted 235 points and allowed only 128 (a point differential of +107). It’s true, 3 of those games were against the dismally woeful 49ers, Cardinals, and Raiders. However, starting Sunday, they’ll begin a tough stretch, facing the Packers, Saints, and Seahawks before heading into their Bye Week.

Green Bay is coming off of a much-needed bye week. Their wide-receiving corps hasn’t seemed to be 100% healthy since week 1. Aaron Rodgers has slowly but surely been improving his mobility, allowing him to be more of a threat outside of the pocket. The Rams pose their biggest challenge of the season so far, and a win this week (combined with a Minnesota loss) would put the Packers atop the NFC North. After the Rams, the Packers play New England, Miami, Seattle and Minnesota, and only the game vs the Dolphins is at home.

It’s interesting to note that the Packers are 0-2 on the road, and 1 field goal away from being 4-0 at home. The Rams are averaging just over 35 Points at home and 32 on the road, so it doesn’t really matter where they play. Los Angeles comes in as 9-point favorites to a game that very likely will have playoff implications down the line.

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