Right now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need all the good news they can get. Even if they’re 3-3 and there’s a lot of football left to be played.

But, that wasn’t the case on Saturday. The Buccaneers learned that they’ll be without starting cornerback Carlton Davis III this weekend when they take on the Carolina Panthers (1-5).

Davis injured his hip a couple of weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons (3-3), but played every single snap in the Buccaneers’ Week 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was able to get a limited practice session in on Wednesday, but was held out on Thursday before returning to practice in limited fashion on Friday.

On Friday, Davis was listed as questionable heading into the Panthers matchup. He was subsequently ruled out on Saturday.

It’s a big blow for the Buccaneers secondary. Davis is their No. 1 corner and the team is also without reserve/former starter Sean Murphy-Bunting and starting free safety Logan Ryan. Fortunately, safety Mike Edwards is healed up and ready to go after missing last weekend’s matchup with the Steelers.

Expect to see a lot of rookie fifth-rounder Zyon McCollum on Saturday in Davis’ stead. Reserve defensive back Dee Delaney will get in on the action and the Buccaneers also elevated cornerback Anthony Chesley and safety Nolan Turner from the practice squad.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Buccaneers activated backup left tackle Josh Wells from IR, so he can provide depth in case something happens to Tristan Wirfs or Donovan Smith.

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