TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Five days after being released by the New England Patriots, Albert Haynesworth is making his first start for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 350-pound defensive tackle is in the lineup Sunday against the Houston Texans, filling in for the injured Gerald McCoy. McCoy tore his right biceps last week and his backup, Frank Okam, is inactive with a sore calf.
Receiver Andre Johnson is inactive for the Texans with right hamstring injury that’s sidelined him more than a month. Quarterback T.J. Yates, cornerback Sherrick McManis, safety Danieal Manning, guard Thomas Austin, tackle Andrew Gardner and tight end Garrett Graham are Houston’s other inactives.
Cornerback Anthony Gaitor, linebacker Dekoda Watson, tackles Derek Hardman and James Lee, receiver Micheal Spurlock and defensive end Tim Crowder are inactive for the Bucs.