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4-9, 4th in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have promoted Hard Knocks star Riley Bullough to the active roster.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans and wife Ashli held a dinner last night to raise money for scholarships for underprivileged youth. Tonight, they'll be bringing Christmas to families at one of Florida's largest domestic violence shelters.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon and Mike Evans may have just met a few days ago, but the Cubs skipper was so impressed with the Bucs wide receiver that he helped kick off the launch of his new Mike Evans Family Foundation. Evans wanted to know if he could play center field.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that Gerald McCoy had not returned yet from his MRI prior to a team meeting and media availability. He said it is a biceps injury and they'll know more later today.

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Bucs unable to overcome distractions in loss to Lions (1:29)
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Bucs QB Winston says no friction with Koetter

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston pushed back against a report that said there is growing tension between him and coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter described the relationship with his starting QB as "extremely consistent."

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Stafford's 4th winning drive leads Lions over Bucs 24-21

Matthew Stafford passed for 381 yards with an injured throwing hand and set up Matt Prater for a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds Sunday, helping the Detroit Lions remain in playoff contention with a 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

We've got a big-man touchdown sighting -- Bucs offensive tackle Leonard Wester was wide open on a 2-yard throw from Jameis Winston off of play-action to tie the game 21-21 in the fourth quarter. Dirk Koetter's offense has caught some recent criticism for lack of creativity but that was a good call.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith is being evaluated for a concussion. The Bucs are already thin at corner without Vernon Hargreaves III, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks now.

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2dJenna Laine

Visibly upset, Bucs' McCoy exited with injury

Upset on the sideline after suffering a shoulder/biceps injury, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy won't return against the Detroit Lions.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Robert McClain prevented the Lions from getting what surely would have been 3 points before halftime with the Bucs' third pick of the game. The Bucs aren't getting pressure up front, especially with Gerald McCoy out, putting a lot more on a secondary that's been very inconsistent all season.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The self-destruction for the Bucs continues -- instead of capitalizing on Grimes' pick and a first-down, 15-yard catch by Mike Evans, the Bucs got an illegal hands to the face penalty from Caleb Benenoch and the Bucs were forced to punt with :47 left in the first half.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Brent Grimes saved what would have likely been another Lions' score off a turnover. Grimes leaped up to pick off Matthew Stafford at the Bucs' 15-yard line. That was his third interception this year. Heck of a play.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs' self-destruction just continues to reach new lows. After three first downs, Doug Martin coughed up the ball on third-and-1 at the Detroit 23. That makes for three turnovers on the Bucs' last three possessions.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

After that touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the red zone "snag" route (corner, flat, curl combo), Lions QB Matthew Stafford has completed 15-of-17 passes for 186 yards.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has a bicep/shoulder injury and his return is doubtful. Pretty much the last person the Bucs can afford to lose against Matthew Stafford. The Bucs are also currently without their backup three-technique Clinton McDonald.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Lavonte David has now tied the Bucs' single season record set by Bill Kollar in 1979 with five fumble recoveries.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Lavonte David now has five forced fumbles this year. Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward told me that he's the best in the league at doing that. Said he's never seen anyone who can strip the ball away like that. It was also his fifth fumble recovery this year, the most in the NFL at any position.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans has just passed Julio Jones for the 10th-most receiving yards in a players' first four seasons since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger. Evans now has 4,338 career receiving yards.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Evan Smith will be starting in place of Joe Hawley at center. Hawley had a pretty nasty bug last week that kept him out against the Packers. Jameis Winston hadn't taken snaps from Smith, a guard, all year. They had a few issues pertaining to communication and crowd noise that shouldn't be a factor at home today. However, Smith was also responsible for an extremely costly penalty near the end of regulation in the Bucs' overtime loss to the Packers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs inactives vs. Lions: QB Ryan Griffin, S Josh Robinson, CB Vernon Hargreaves III, S T.J. Ward, OL Mike Liedtke, WR Bobo Wilson, DT Clinton McDonald.

Team Stats

Passing Yards262.06th
Rushing Yards91.5Tied-26th
Points For20.3Tied-21st
Points Against24.022nd