Russell Gage

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #83
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #83
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Another limited practice

Gage (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

Analysis: Gage has managed to play through a hamstring concern all campaign, and the state of the receiving corps on any given week has determined his workload, as his targets have ranged from two in the season opener to 13 in Week 3. Mike Evans is atop Tampa Bay's receiving corps, but all of Gage, Chris Godwin (knee), Julio Jones (knee) and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) have had a cap on their reps this week. As a result, Friday's injury report could give a sense of Gage's potential to produce Sunday against the Falcons, assuming he again is on pace to be available.

Oct 6, 2022 2:00 PM EST


Still limited at practice

Gage (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: A hamstring issue has followed Gage throughout the season, but he's been the one constant in the Buccaneers' receiving corps, playing between 42 and 81 percent of the offensive snaps weekly, depending on who was available for game day. Overall, he's averaging 7.2 YPC and 6.1 YPT on his 25 targets through four games. Assuming he's available Sunday versus the Falcons, Gage will work alongside Mike Evans, while the statuses of Chris Godwin (knee), Julio Jones (knee) and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) remain up in the air after being limited, too, Wednesday.

Oct 5, 2022 1:55 PM EST



Active in Week 4

Gage (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Gage has dealt with a hamstring issue all season, but he's still suited up for all three games, culminating in a 12-87-1 line on 13 targets last Sunday against the Packers. He's unlikely to see such volume this weekend with Mike Evans back from his one-game suspension and Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) also available. That said, Gage still is in line for modest usage, with room to expand if any of the aforementioned trio again head to the sideline.

Oct 2, 2022 3:55 PM EST


Expected to face Kansas City

Gage (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday night against Kansas City, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network report.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow wide receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee), though the trio's status will still be worth verifying ahead of Sunday's 8:20 ET kickoff. Meanwhile, Mike Evans is set to return from his Week 3 suspension, which likely sets the stage for Gage, if active, to see less volume than he did last weekend (13 targets) against the Packers when Godwin, Jones and Evans were all unavailable.

Oct 2, 2022 6:47 AM EST


Technically deemed questionable

Gage (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's the fourth straight week he's been listed as questionable with the same hamstring injury, and he's yet to miss a game. Gage even put together a big stat line last week, with 12 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in a 14-12 loss to the Packers. He's unlikely to see that many looks Sunday night with Mike Evans back from suspension, but there is a shot Gage works as the No. 2 receiver with both Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) categorized as game-time decisions. The Chiefs and Bucs play on Sunday Night Football, which means inactive lists come out around 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Sep 30, 2022 1:35 PM EST



Another limited showing

Gage (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: Both Gage and Julio Jones (knee) had a cap on their reps in the second session of Week 4 prep, while Chris Godwin (hamstring) was given a veteran rest day Thursday, and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) has yet to practice this week. Among the quartet, Gage and Jones seem like the best bets to work alongside Mike Evans on Sunday against the Chiefs, but Friday's injury report may clear up the overall situation upon its release.

Sep 29, 2022 2:25 PM EST


Limited practice Wednesday

Gage (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Gage joined Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) with a cap on his reps, while Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) was unable to practice at all. Otherwise, Mike Evans wasn't listed on the injury report as he returns from a one-game suspension. If one or both of Godwin and Jones is able to play Sunday versus the Chiefs, Gage wouldn't be due the 13 targets he managed when all three were sidelined during a Week 3 loss to the Packers. First, though, the Bucs have two more sessions before they're required to give designations ahead of this weekend.

Sep 28, 2022 2:57 PM EST


Sets career high

Gage caught 12 of 13 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown but lost a fumble in Sunday's 14-12 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Gage led the Buccaneers in all major receiving categories, taking advantage of Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) all being sidelined. His one-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left put Tampa Bay on the brink of overtime, yet Gage hurt the team's momentum with a fumble earlier in the game. Overall, though, he still posted a career high in receptions, which could help his chances of remaining involved even if Godwin and/or Jones are able to return alongside Evans in Week 4 versus the Chiefs.

Sep 25, 2022 5:22 PM EST


Active as expected Sunday

Gage (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Packers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gage missed Friday's practice but was reportedly expected to be available, and it's now confirmed he'll play through his hamstring issue for the third time in as many games to open the season. Gage's presence will be especially critical Sunday, considering the absence of Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee).

Sep 25, 2022 12:10 PM EST


Expected to suit up Sunday

Gage (hamstring) is expected play Sunday versus the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Gage looks set to play through his hamstring injury for a third straight week after having again been listed as questionable. With Mike Evans (suspension) unavailable Sunday, plus Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) both game-time decisions, Gage could be in line for expanded opportunities versus the Packers' stout secondary. Breshad Perriman (knee) is also expected to play Sunday.

Sep 25, 2022 3:04 AM EST


Deemed questionable again

Gage (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage is listed as questionable for a third straight week and likely will suit up for a third straight game. It is possible the injury has affected his workload and/or performance, however, with Gage sitting on 41 yards through two games and rarely leaving the slot. He could see more looks this week with both Mike Evans (suspension) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) ruled out and Julio Jones (knee) headed for a game-time decision. Cautious fantasy managers will also want to make sure Gage isn't a surprise inclusion on the inactive list ahead of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday.

Sep 23, 2022 1:15 PM EST


Another limited session

Gage (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

Analysis: Both Gage and Breshad Perriman (knee) had their reps capped Thursday, while Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) didn't practice again, and Scotty Miller (calf) jumped from limited Wednesday to all activity one day later. The Buccaneers will be without Mike Evans in Week 3 versus the Packers due to a one-game suspension, and if Godwin and/or Jones also sit out, Gage would be in line for a significant target share this weekend. But that's assuming Gage ditches his designation ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

Sep 22, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Limited with hamstring injury

Gage (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Gage likely will play through the hamstring injury for a third straight week this Sunday against Green Bay, but it may be impacting his effectiveness and/or workload, with the Bucs only using him as the No. 3 receiver even as they've lost other guys to injuries and suspensions. Mike Evans is suspended this week, and Julio Jones (knee) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) both missed practice Wednesday.

Sep 21, 2022 2:23 PM EST


Team-leading catch total in win

Gage (hamstring) secured five of six targets for 28 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-10 win over the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: Gage was able to play through his hamstring issues for a second straight week to open the season, and he finished with a team-high number of catches in a game when the Buccaneers were down both Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee), and during which Mike Evans was ejected early in the fourth quarter. Gage has been even more of a short-area target over his first two games in Tampa Bay than he was in Atlanta, and he may have an uphill battle racking up yardage against a tough Packers secondary in Week 3 next Sunday.

Sep 18, 2022 3:24 PM EST


Suiting up Week 2

Gage (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

Analysis: Gage missed the Buccaneers' first practice of the week Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday, but the hamstring issue evidently wasn't severe enough to keep him out for Week 2. With Chris Godwin's own hamstring injury set to keep him on the sideline this weekend, Gage projects to serve as the primary replacement in the slot. Meanwhile, Julio Jones (knee) is also inactive and Mike Evans (calf) is suiting up but is likely to draw coverage from the Saints' top corner, Marshon Lattimore, so Gage could have some sneaky fantasy value this week as a key underneath target for quarterback Tom Brady.

Sep 18, 2022 8:42 AM EST


Expected to face Saints

Gage (hamstring) is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gage is expected to play Week 2 while the Buccaneers are reportedly optimistic about Mike Evans (calf), and Julio Jones (knee) is considered a game-time decision. Meanwhile, Chris Godwin (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's contest. Depending on how things pan out, Gage could have to step up into a key pass-catching role for Tom Brady versus the Saints.

Sep 18, 2022 3:09 AM EST


Listed as questionable

Gage (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gage played through the same injury last week but didn't have much impact, seeing two targets on 42 percent snap share. There's an opportunity ahead with Chris Godwin (hamstring) ruled out for at least one game, but it isn't clear if Gage's own problematic hamstring will cooperate and allow him to take on a full workload. The Bucs also list Mike Evans (calf) and Julio Jones (knee) as questionable this week, creating a lot of uncertainty heading into the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.

Sep 16, 2022 1:00 PM EST


Logs limited practice Thursday

Gage (hamstring) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Gage was among three Bucs wideouts to sit out Wednesday -- also, Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) -- but he was the only one to return to the field one day later. Meanwhile, Mike Evans also didn't practice Thursday after kicking off Week 2 prep with a capped session, and Breshad Perriman remained limited. Overall, that accounts for the team's top five options at the position, so Gage's ability to practice puts him in a better light than Evans, Godwin and Jones. In the end, Friday's injury report could foretell how Tampa Bay's group of pass catchers will break down Sunday at New Orleans.

Sep 15, 2022 1:43 PM EST


Doesn't practice

Gage missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury, the Saints' official website reports.

Analysis: Gage, Julio Jones (knee) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) all missed practice, with the latter all but certain to miss time after exiting Week 1 early. Gage saw only two targets despite Godwin's early exit, perhaps still impacted by the hamstring injury that limited him for much of the summer and now has him absent from Wednesday's practice. Tampa's injury reports will need close watching throughout the rest of the week.

Sep 14, 2022 1:40 PM EST


Modestly involved in Week 1 win

Gage brought in both targets for 13 yards in the Buccaneers' 19-3 win over the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Analysis: Gage's team debut was a quiet one overall, but of overriding importance was the fact the veteran made it through the game without setbacks after having missed multiple weeks with a hamstring issue. Gage should enjoy an expanded role as the season unfolds and he gets acclimated to working with Tom Brady, and he see a boost in workload as early as next Sunday's Week 2 divisional clash against the Saints if Chris Godwin isn't able to play due to the hamstring injury that forced his early exit from Sunday night's contest.

Sep 11, 2022 8:56 PM EST


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