Here’s your open thread for today.

NFL illegal formation violations are increasing, and the league is cracking down – SBNation.com
More and more teams are trying to get away with illegal formations. Here’s how the NFL is trying to curtail it.

Minnesota Vikings release kicker Blair Walsh. They had no choice. – SBNation.com
Minnesota has parted ways with its struggling kicker.

The Packers should fire Mike McCarthy. Here are 7 options for replacing him. – SBNation.com
If the Packers make a move at the end of the season, here’s who they could turn to to take the reins.

Tony Romo says Dak Prescott has ‘earned the right to be our quarterback’ – SBNation.com
Romo broke his silence on backing up the Cowboys rookie QB.

Washington wanted more from LB Preston Smith. They damn sure got it – SBNation.com
Washington expected Smith to wreck shop this season. After eight games, he finally did.

Buccaneers Power Rankings: Week 11
The Buccaneers are moving up in this week’s power rankings after defeating the Bears on Sunday.

Mic’d Up: Robert Ayers vs. Bears
DE Robert Ayers was mic’d up during the Buccaneers’ game against the Bears.

One Buc Mailbag: A Tighter Race
This week, Buc fans want to know where the team stands in the chase for the NFC South crown, if there is a better way to defend a ‘Hail Mary’ and how the backfield might shape up in a few weeks.

Buccaneers Make Practice Squad Moves
The Bucs announced a series of roster moves on Tuesday.

Angry Bucs Fans Should Forgive Evans’ Stance On Sunday | Pewter Report
Bucs WR Mike Evans made an unpopular stance on Sunday, but by Tuesday he had reversed his position and will now stand for the anthem.

Bucs’ Evans Reverses His Position On National Anthem | Pewter Report

Mike Evans ends anti-Donald Trump protest of national anthem, will stand with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans has reversed course on his decision to protest the national anthem “as long as Donald Trump is president-elect” and will stand with his Buccaneers teammates.

Joe Thomas, Greg Olsen, Philip Rivers, among Art Rooney Award finalists
Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas, Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda and Seattle kick returner Tyler Lockett are among the 32 finalists for the NFL’s Art Rooney Award recognizing sportsmanship.

Attorney says Josh Huff’s presence deemed ‘unnecessary’ at N.J. court date due to work relocation
Bucs WR Josh Huff was expected to appear at a case screening Tuesday in New Jersey, but due to his recent job change and move to Tampa he was absent and instead represented by his lawyer.

Kansas City Chiefs’ secondary poses biggest problem for Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Jameis Winston has done a better job recently of protecting the ball, but he’ll face a tough test against one of the NFL’s best secondaries.

One altruistic fan plus one returned wedding ring equals a grateful Buc | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Sunday was the Bucs’ annual Salute to Service game at Raymond James Stadium, and the military was never more appreciated than after the victory, when receiver Cecil Shorts pulled the jersey off his back and gave it to Air Force Staff Sgt. Josh Ortega.

Fennelly: Evans learns hard lesson in protest, but cut him slack | Tampa Bay Times
Welcome to Waffle House. May I take your order?

Bucs’ Mike Evans ends protest, will stand for national anthem | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who drew national backlash after sitting during the pregame national anthem Sunday in protest of Donald Trump’s election as president, issued a statement Tuesday saying he had ended that protest.


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