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Lavonte David | Linebacker | #54

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 233
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (58) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Dirk Koetter said Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) will play in Week 6 against Arizona.
Along with David, Koetter also announced DE Robert Ayers, C Ali Marpet, and S T.J. Ward will all be active as well. David is an important part of the Bucs' defense and will make an immediate impact. Sat, Oct 14, 2017 09:56:00 AM

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Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) is inactive for Week 5 against the Bucs.

David remains week to week. Also inactive for the Bucs are S T.J. Ward, S Keith Tandy, LB Kwon Alexander, OT Leonard Wester, C Joe Hawley and DT Sealver Siliga.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 07:02:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) inactive for Week 4 against the Giants.

Tampa will also be without LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and SS T.J. Ward (hip), but DE Robert Ayers (knee), DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), CB Brent Grimes (shoulder), and DE Noah Spence (shoulder) will play. It is still a good matchup for Eli Manning. Tampa also declared TE Antony Auclair, C Joe Hawley, DT Sealver Siliga, and OT Leonard Wester inactive.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 02:31:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) is doubtful for Week 4 against the Giants.

David suffered a sprained ankle in last week's loss to the Vikings. Tampa Bay will also be without MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and SS T.J. Ward (hip).
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 12:56:00 PM

The Bucs say WLB Lavonte David has a "medial" ankle sprain.

It beats a high ankle sprain, which would sideline David for at least a month. On Monday, coach Dirk Koetter said David's injury was "reevaluated," and after doing so the Bucs believe he's "week to week." We doubt he'll play in Week 4. Daily Slant: It would be a big loss as the LB currently owns the 2nd-highest PFF grade among 85 qualifying linebackers. He'll be particularly missed in their run defense; through two weeks, he's posted a 10.6% run-stop percentage (19th) and has the 2nd-best run defense grade among LBs (87.6). Fortunately, LB Kendell Beckwith ranks fifth in run defense (84.5) and he has a stronger run-stop rate (12.2%, 10th). After being targeted ten times, Beckwith has limited receivers to a 6/40/0 line; his 0.66 yards per cover snap is the sixth-best rate among qualifying LBs, per PFF. Still, with Kwon Alexander also banged up, the Bucs are thin at LB for Week 4.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David has been officially diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.

David's initial X-rays were negative, but an MRI revealed the sprain. David was carted off the field against the Vikings. reports he is expected to miss "a month or more." David was off to a hot start for a Bucs defense dealing with a number of injuries.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 01:14:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David exited Week 3 against the Vikings with an ankle injury.

David was carted off late in the fourth quarter, but his X-rays came back clean. While that is good news, the linebacker will still be sidelined several weeks with what the team believes is a high-ankle sprain. David will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis. It is another blow to a defense which was without several key players against the Vikings.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 07:16:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) is a game-time decision for Week 15.

"We’ll just have to wait until game time," coach Dirk Koetter said. "Lavonte knows his body well. Veteran players, they know if they can go or not." It sounds David is trending toward being active for Sunday night's game with Dallas. David playing would be a downgrade to Jason Witten's matchup.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 07:19:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) is questionable for Week 15 against the Cowboys.

David hasn't received strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense this season, but he's their No. 4-rated 4-3 outside linebacker in pass coverage. His loss would be felt against Jason Witten and Ezekiel Elliott.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (questionable, ankle) expects to play Sunday.

David was injured in practice this week, but will play through it. He's turned it on as of late, with 36 tackles and three interceptions over his last four games. David's ankle issue shouldn't impact his every-down role.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 03:32:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11.

David has actually had a really down season after inking a five-year, $50.25 million extension in August. After 11 weeks, David is Pro Football Focus' 32nd-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker out of 33 qualifiers. But on Sunday against the Eagles, David flashed his All-Pro ability, picking off a couple Mark Sanchez passes, returning one for an interception, and playing stout run defense.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 10:17:00 AM

Buccaneers agreed to terms with WLB Lavonte David on a five-year, $50.25 million extension through 2020.

The deal contains $25.56 million guaranteed, bringing David under Bucs control through his age-30 season. The new Lance Briggs in Lovie Smith's Tampa 2 defense, David has piled up 130-plus tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons, adding ten sacks, six forced fumbles, and 19 pass breakups. Although David is limited in stature (6'1/233), he plays sideline to sideline and is a three-down 'backer, playing every single snap in Tampa Bay's defense when healthy. David is a long-term LB1 in IDP leagues and the LB1 overall in Rotoworld IDP maven Ross Miles' 2015 re-draft rankings.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 05:41:00 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he's having "healthy" extension talks with contract-year WLB Lavonte David.

Licht also called David an "elite" player, something that could signal the sides are close to an accord. Davis is believed to be seeking an annual $6-$7 million.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 06:08:00 PM

Bucs contract-year WLB Lavonte David is expected to command in the range of $6-7 million annually.

The Bucs are working to extend David before training camp, but the sides are far apart in talks. At $7M annually, David would be the highest paid 4-3 outside linebacker in the league, ahead of Thomas Davis and Vontaze Burfict. David is owed $758K in the final year of his rookie deal.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 05:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports "meaningful distance" remains between the Bucs and contract-year WLB Lavonte David in long-term talks.

Getlin does add that the sides are "working toward" a pact. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas speculated in late May that an agreement could be hammered out before camp. The Bucs have no designs on letting their 25-year-old star walk.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 08:02:00 PM

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