QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
18 hours ago

Ayers has shed the cast on his ankle but is still not practicing, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After exiting the Bucs' Week 2 tilt versus the Cardinals with is injury, Ayers missed all of practice last week, as well as the Week 3 loss to the Rams. The veteran defensive end's absence resulted in an uptick in William Gholston's tackle numbers and didn't seem to hinder Tampa's stalwart run defense, as they still managed to contain Todd Gurley to the tune of 3.1 YPC. If he logs another DNP on Thursday, Ayers will seemingly be on his way to missing another contest.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
6 days ago

Ayers (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3, Roy Cummings of WFLA News Channel 8 reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ayers exited Week 2's action with an ankle injury and did not return. It's unclear how long he may be out, but Noah Spence projects to slide in as the starting defensive end in his place.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
1 week ago

Ayers (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ayers left the Bucs' tilt against the Cardinals on Sunday and was witnessed donning a boot on his left foot after the game. He has frequently been tending to ankle woes as of late and may have suffered a setback. However, it's unclear if the injury will force him to miss any time.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
1 week ago

Ayers was wearing a boot on his left foot following the Buccaneers' loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ayers declined to take questions following the game, but the boot hints that his injury is either a foot or an ankle. Ayers was limited in practice all of last week with ankle problems, so he may have tweaked his left one during Sunday's game. More details regarding his status will be known once practice starts up for the week. Noah Spence should gain additional snaps if Ayers is to miss any time.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Ayers (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

The Buccaneers were hopeful that Ayers might be able to give it a go Sunday, but it appears that his ankle is just not willing to cooperate just yet. Ayers' absence will likely result in additional action for Noah Spence.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Ayers (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Ayers went down Thursday with an ankle injury and remained limited in practice on Friday. His status will be confirmed prior to kickoff, but in the event Ayers doesn't play, Noah Spence projects to slide into the starting lineup.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Ayers (ankle) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Ayers practiced in full Wednesday so it remains unclear when he sustained his ankle injury. With a tremendous amount of uncertainty regarding the ailment, it would be wise to check back on Ayers later in the week.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Ayers totaled two tackles, including one for loss, and a sack in Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Playing his first regular-season game in a Bucs uniform, Ayers tallied the first of three total sacks of Matt Ryan on the day, dropping him for a four-yard loss on a key third down deep in Tampa territory early in the first quarter. The sack halted Atlanta's downfield march and forced them to settle for a field goal, a defensive stop that would ultimately prove to be one of several important components of the upset victory. Ayers figures to wreak his fair share of havoc from both the outside and interior of a much-improved defensive line this season.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
2 months ago

Ayers was lined at tackle with the first-string defense in Sunday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bucs appear intent on finding ways to get as much of their burgeoning pass-rushing talent on the field at the same time, as Ayers has already been featured in various packages at both end and tackle. A move inside for the offseason acquisition offers the potential for some inside push and collapsing of the pocket while also providing dynamic second-round pick Noah Spence and productive end Jacquies Smith the opportunity to rotate in with Ayers in the game.

QRobert Ayers
DL TB (6)
2 months ago

Ayers, a prize free-agent acquistion this offseason, was deployed in multiple roles on the defensive line in Friday's practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kania reports that Ayers primarily slotted in his customary starting right defensive end spot during Friday's session, but also moved inside next to Gerald McCoy in a special pass-rush package. That personnel grouping also featured Noah Spence and Jacquies Smith as the defensive ends, a scheme that would offer substantial pass-rush potential.