Roster Concerns Heading Into Sunday

If the Bucs are adamant about making a run at the division title, they need all hands on deck. That hasn't been the case all season and unfortunately, as they have gotten healthier, they could be without a key piece to their defense.

If the Bucs are adamant about making a run at the division title, they need all hands on deck. That hasn't been the case all season and unfortunately, as they have gotten healthier, they could be without a key piece to their defense.

All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David is in danger of missing his first game of his career since being drafted back in 2012 due to a hamstring.

"Lavonte David as you can see, we kept him out another day," said head coach Lovie Smith. "He’ll be a game time decision and we’ll give him every chance to play – he’s a lot better, but we held him out today."

David has been instrumental to the Bucs' defense under the former regime and the current one. He is the team's leader in tackles with 116 combined. The 24-year old has led Tampa Bay in tackles since his rookie season.

There is also uncertainty surrounding cornerback Alterraun Verner who has missed the last two weeks as he has also nursed a hamstring injury.

“I feel good. Had a good week and was able to do a lot of things and hopefully they give me the green light to go this week," Verner said. "I was able to open up a lot more this week and I’m looking forward to hopefully being out there this week.”

Smith said Verner has put in some work this week during practice although limited. Running backs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) were also limited but both seem as if they are on track to play.

All players are listed as questionable for Chicago, but the outlook for David does not look promising at the moment.

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