Mason Foster LB TB 13 Days

Foster (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday against the Ravens, Scott Smith of the Bucs' official site reports.

Foster was unhinged in practice this week, but there's no indication whether he'll handle all snaps or leave the field in obvious passing downs. However, his first appearance since Week 2 should reveal whether he's near his IDP peak.

Mason Foster LB TB 15 Days

Foster (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against Baltimore.

Foster practiced fully all week, so it seems he's finally ready to return from the shoulder injury that cost him three games. He'll be on the LB2 radar if he can establish himself as a three-down linebacker next to Lavonte David, but there are probably safer IDP options available until Foster proves his health and his role aren't in question.

Mason Foster LB TB 20 Days

Foster (shoulder) won't play Sunday at New Orleans, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Foster, who practiced in a limited capacity all week, will log a third consecutive DNP as a result of a dislocated shoulder suffered in Week 2. In his stead, Dane Fletcher (14 total tackles and 0.5 sacks) will continue to cover middle linebacker for the Buccaneers.

Mason Foster LB TB 22 Days

Foster (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Foster practiced in a limited capacity each day this week, so he seems to have a real chance of returning to the field for Tampa. He had nine tackles in Week 1.

Mason Foster LB TB 29 Days

Foster (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

It's Foster's second missed game in a row. Without him, Dane Fletcher will need to step up as the replacement.

Mason Foster LB TB 1 Month

Foster (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Foster dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's Week 2 game, so him being ruled out is hardly a surprise given the quick turnaround required for a Thursday night game. As a result of Foster's absence, Dane Fletcher will suit up at middle linebacker for the Buccaneers.

Mason Foster LB TB 1 Month

Foster (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, reports.

Foster dislocated his shoulder on Sunday and is expected to miss time because of the injury, making Tuesday's absence from practice not really surprising. With him out, the Buccaneers will be forced to reshuffle their linebacking corp, adding to an already banged-up defensive unit ahead of Thursday's game against the Falcons.

Mason Foster LB TB 1 Month

Foster dislocated his shoulder during Sunday's defeat to the Rams, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Such an injury will result in a lengthy absence, but the extent of Foster's time away from the field remains to be seen. As long as he's out, Dan Fletcher (four solo tackles and a forced fumble through two games) is the preferred option to man middle linebacker for the Buccaneers.

Mason Foster LB TB 1 Month

Foster left Sunday's game against the Rams with a shoulder injury, and he will not return, Jenna Laine of FOX Sports 1 reports.

Initially deemed probable to return upon exiting early in the game, Foster was later ruled out. He had nine tackles (five solo) in Week 1, and added another two (both solo) before leaving Sunday's game. Dane Fletcher is filling in at middle linebacker.

Mason Foster LB TB 3 Months

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has shed seven pounds since the spring in an effort to become better in coverage and quicker laterally.

Foster played at 242 pounds last season. In new coach Lovie Smith's defense, linebackers have to be fast and be able to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster has mostly been a straight-linish attacking linebacker since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. Foster will be on the IDP radar as an every-down player.