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News: 2 days agoMayfield (ankle) was a full participant at Wednesday's walkthrough.
Spin: Mayfield injured his ankle near the end of the Buccaneers' opening possession this past Sunday at Indianapolis, missing two snaps in the process. He was able to play with the ankle heavily taped thereafter on his way to 199 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 20-for-30 passing, three carries for 14 yards and two fumbles (one lost). On Monday, an MRI on Mayfield's ankle returned negative, and as of Wednesday, head coach Todd Bowles told Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site that the quarterback felt much better and was in line to suit up Sunday against the Panthers. With a full listing on the team's first Week 13 practice report, Mayfield appears on pace to do exactly that, but it wouldn't surprise if he endures some on-field restrictions before week's end to manage the issue.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Mayfield signed with the Buccaneers during the offseason and the veteran QB beat out Kyle Trask to replace Tom Brady as the team's starter. Mayfield fell out of favor in both Cleveland and Carolina in recent years, but reignited his career a little bit in subbing for Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles late last season. Unfortunately, that didn't translate to much fantasy success (9.5 PPG) and Mayfield remains without a top-15 fantasy campaign in his career. The 28-year-old is a nonfactor with his legs (career-high 165 rushing yards was set in 2020) and a long shot for fantasy relevance even while holding down the starting gig for a rebuilding Tampa Bay club.