Benn, Grimm Questionable for Sunday’s Game

The Buccaneers could be without one pass-catcher and one pass-defender when they take on the Chargers on Sunday, but that likely won’t be certain until shortly before game time.

Tampa Bay released its final injury report of the week on Friday, complete with game-status designations.  Both WR Arrelious Benn and S Cody Grimm are listed as questionable, due to shoulder and hamstring injuries, respectively.

Starting WR Mike Williams was also added to the Bucs’ report on Friday due to a forearm injury sustained on the practice field, but he practiced fully for the third day in a row and is considered probable for the Charger game.

The Chargers’ injury report includes one player – LB Antwan Barnes, hamstring – who is doubtful for Sunday’s game.  In addition, T Jared Gaither (groin), DE Corey Liuget (hamstring) and LB Demorrio Williams (abdominal) are all listed as questionable.  Gaither, the Chargers’ starting left tackle, did not practice on Thursday or Friday after being limited on Wednesday.

Here are the full Friday injury reports for both squads:

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
WR Arrelious Benn Shoulder Did Not Participate Questionable
DE Michael Bennett Shoulder Full Participation Probable
S Cody Grimm Hamstring Did Not Participate Questionable
TE Luke Stocker Shoulder Full Participation Probable
WR Mike Williams Forearm Full Participation Probable
CB Eric Wright Achilles Full Participation Probable

Chargers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
LB Antwan Barnes Hamstring Did Not Participate Doubtful
S Atari Bigby Quad Full Participation Probable
CB Chris Carr Quad Full Participation Probable
T Jared Gaither Groin Did Not Participate Questionable
DE Corey Liuget Hamstring Did Not Participate Questionable
WR Robert Meachem Hamstring Full Participation Probable
LB Shaun Phillips Finger Full Participation Probable
WR Eddie Royal Hamstring Full Participation Probable
LB Demorrio Williams Abdominal Limited Participation Questionable

 

Injury Report: All Bucs Probable

Every player on Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster was able to practice without limitations on Friday afternoon, as the Bucs finished their preparations for Sunday’s game at Oakland.  As such, the team expects to have all 53 men available in California this weekend.

Tampa Bay’s injury list was only four players long this week (with, of course, the move of G Carl Nicks to injured reserve), and all four were designated as “probable” on Friday’s injury report.  The Friday report is the first one of the week that includes Game Status designations.  DE Michael Bennett, T Donald Penn and CBs Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright should be good to go against the Raiders.

Oakland’s injury report was quite a bit longer than the one submitted by Tampa Bay, but it really only includes a couple question marks.  T Khalif Barnes (groin) and CB Shawntae Spencer (foot) have already been ruled out and the Raiders should also be without LB Keenan Clayton (shoulder), who is listed as doubtful.  Of the other players on Oakland’s 17-man list, only two – RB Taiwan Jones (knee) and LB Rolando McClain (toe) – are designated as questionable.

Here are the official injury reports for both teams at the end of the week: 

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
DE Michael Bennett Ankle Full Participation Probable
CB Brandon McDonald Ankle Full Participation Probable
T Donald Penn Wrist Full Participation Probable
CB Eric Wright Achilles Full Participation Probable

 

Raiders

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
T Khalif Barnes Groin Did Not Participate Out
DT Desmond Bryant Elbow Full Participation Probable
LB Keenan Clayton Shoulder Did Not Participate Doubtful
LB Travis Goethel Back Limited Participation Probable
RB Mike Goodson Toe Full Participation Probable
K Sebastian Janikowski Left Groin Limited Participation Probable
RB Taiwan Jones Knee Limited Participation Questionable
LB Rolando McClain Toe Limited Participation Questionable
RB Darren McFadden Shoulder Full Participation Probable
S Mike Mitchell Finger Full Participation Probable
DT Richard Seymour Knee Limited Participation Probable
DE Matt Shaughnessy Shoulder Full Participation Probable
T Willie Smith Ankle Full Participation Probable
CB Shawntae Spencer Foot Did Not Participate Out
DE Dave Tollefson Shoulder Limited Participation Probable
T Jared Veldheer Elbow Full Participation Probable
C Stefen Wisniewski Ankle Full Participation Probable

Wednesday Injury Report: Bennett Not Limited

The Buccaneers win at Minnesota on Thursday night was three hours of almost uninterrupted enjoyment capped by a couple minutes of worry.  That’s because, after the Buccaneers’ very last defensive play of the game (a Leonard Johnson interception), DE Michael Bennett needed attention from the team’s trainers after injuring his ankle.

A significant injury to the team’s 2012 sack leader would have been a bad way to end a great night, but fortunately it appears as if Bennett will be fine.  Though he was held out of the team’s “bonus practice” on Monday, he was right back on the field Wednesday.  Bennett is listed on the team’s official injury report this week, but he is marked as “full participation” on Wednesday.

The Bucs’ more pressing concern – no pun intended – appears to be at cornerback, where both Eric Wright (Achilles) and Brandon McDonald (ankle) were limited to start the week.  Here are the official injury reports for both teams on Wednesday: 

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status
DE Michael Bennett Ankle Full Participation
CB Brandon McDonald Ankle Limited Participation
T Donald Penn Wrist Full Participation
CB Eric Wright Achilles Limited Participation

 

Raiders

Player Injury Practice Status
T Khalif Barnes Groin Did Not Participate
DT Desmond Bryant Elbow Full Participation
LB Keenan Clayton Shoulder Did Not Participate
LB Travis Goethel Back Limited Participation
RB Mike Goodson Toe Full Participation
K Sebastian Janikowski Left Groin Limited Participation
RB Taiwan Jones Knee Full Participation
LB Rolando McClain Toe Limited Participation
RB Darren McFadden Shoulder Full Participation
DT Richard Seymour Knee Did Not Participate
DE Matt Shaughnessy Shoulder Full Participation
T Willie Smith Ankle Limited Participation
CB Shawntae Spencer Foot Did Not Participate
DE Dave Tollefson Shoulder Limited Participation
T Jared Veldheer Elbow Full Participation
C Stefen Wisniewski Ankle Limited Participation

Injury Report: McDonald Only Question Mark for Bucs

Cornerback Brandon McDonald has emerged as Tampa Bay’s primary nickel back, but he could be unavailable Thursday night against the Vikings.

McDonald appears to be the Bucs’ only real injury concern heading into their prime-time outing at Minnesota.  On Wednesday, he was designated as questionable on the team’s official injury report due to an ankle ailment; the other four players on Tampa Bay’s list are all marked as probable.

Minnesota submitted a much longer injury report, but it’s not likely to affect Thursday’s lineup much.  Reserves TE John Carlson (concussion) and S Mistral Raymond (ankle) have all been ruled out, but the other 12 players on the list are all considered probable.  That includes DE Jared Allen, RB Adrian Peterson and QB Christian Ponder.

Here are Thursday’s full injury reports for both teams:

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
Adam Hayward Ankle Full Participation Probable
Vincent Jackson Calf Full Participation Probable
Brandon McDonald Ankle Limited Participation Questionable
Carl Nicks Foot Full Participation Probable
Jeremy Zuttah Quadriceps Full Participation Probable

Vikings

Jared Allen Groin Full Participation Probable
Matt Asiata Knee Full Participation Probable
Jasper Brinkly Not Injury Related Did Not Participate Probable
John Carlson Concussion Did Not Participate Out
Robert Blanton Hamstring Full Participation Probable
Fred Evans Knee Full Participation Probable
Matt Kalil Low Back Full Participation Probable
Marvin Mitchell Calf Full Participation Probable
Adrian Peterson Ankle Full Participation Probable
Christian Ponder Knee Full Participation Probable
Mistral Raymond Ankle Limited Participation Out
Jerome Simpson Low Back/Foot Full Participation Probable
Harrison Smith Calf Full Participation Probable
Antoine Winfield Knee Full Participation Probable

 

Jackson, Nicks Among Banged-Up Bucs

Neither the Buccaneers nor Vikings practiced on Monday in advance of their prime-time meeting in Minnesota on Thursday, but both teams released an injury report.  Since midweek reports essentially just give information on the players’ practice status, Monday’s lists were by definition just estimates.  If the Bucs had practiced Monday, who probably would have been limited.

It’s still a fairly short list: LB Adam Hayward (ankle), WR Vincent Jackson (calf), CB Brandon McDonald (ankle) and G Carl Nicks (foot) likely would have had some limitations.  Jackson and Nicks played through those same ailments in Sunday’s game against New Orleans, while McDonald and Hayward are new additions to the report this week.  The Bucs also listed C Jeremy Zuttah (quad) but suggested that he would have been a full participant in practice.

Minnesota’s list is longer, and it includes some of the biggest names on the Vikings’ roster, but again, one can’t read too much into an injury report on a non-practice day.  That said, RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), DE Jared Allen (groin), CB Antoine Winfield (knee), TE John Carlson (concussion) and T Matt Kalil (lower back) all might have missed any field work the team would have done on Monday.  In addition, safeties Mistral Raymond (ankle) and Harrison Smith (calf) might have been limited.  Of all those players, only Raymond did not play on Sunday against Arizona.  Carlson left Sunday’s game after sustaining his concussion.

Friday Injury Report: Bucs in Good Shape

In 2011, Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans were the New Orleans Saints’ two starting guards, and also the two starting guards for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.  This Sunday, Nicks and Evans will be on opposing NFL sidelines for the first time and, in what constitutes good news for both teams, it’s nearly certain both will play despite matching foot ailments.

Nicks was on the Buccaneers’ injury report this week due to a foot injury, while Evans was on the Saints’ list with a toe issue.  Both players started the week as limited practice participants but were full-go on Friday and are now listed as “probable” on the final injury report of the week.

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Nicks, Jackson Limited on Thursday

Tampa Bay’s injury report isn’t extensive, but the names on it are certainly eye-catching.

The Bucs’ Thursday report included just two names, which actually made it double the size of their Wednesday report.  Initially, only guard Carl Nicks was on the list thanks to a foot ailment.  On Thursday, wide receiver Vincent Jackson joined Nicks on the list with a calf injury.  Both players were limited participants in practice.

The Saints’ injury report is quite a bit longer, but not terribly concerning.  Only two players – linebackers David Hawthorne (hamstring) and Scott Shanle (illness) – didn’t practice, while tight end Jimmy Graham was limited.  The Saints have had to deal with a number of maladies on their linebacking crew, but the bye week appears to have been perfectly timed to get Graham, one of the league’s most dangerous tight ends, back in action.

Here are the official injury reports for both teams on Thursday:

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status
WR Vincent Jackson Calf Limited Participation
G Carl Nicks Foot Limited Participation

Saints

Player Injury Practice Status
RB Travaris Cadet Shoulder Full Participation
LB Jonathan Casillas Neck Full Participation
G Jahri Evans Toe Full Participation
TE Jimmy Graham Ankle Limited Participation
CB Jabari Greer Groin Full Participation
LB David Hawthorne Hamstring Did Not Participate
DE Turk McBride Ankle Full Participation
WR Lance Moore Hamstring Full Participation
LB Scott Shanle Illness Did Not Participate

 

Friday Injury Report: Four Chiefs Out

Glenn Dorsey, the former first-round pick who start at right end in Kansas City’s 3-4 defense, will miss his third straight game when the Chiefs play the Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.  Dorsey has been out since Week Four due to a calf injury and he did not participate in any of the Chiefs’ practices this week.

Dorsey is one of four players who have already been ruled out of Sunday’s game on Kansas City’s official injury report.  The team had already announced on Thursday that starting quarterback Matt Cassel would be sidelined by the concussion he sustained last Sunday against Baltimore.  In addition, running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and wide receiver Devon Wylie (hamstring) are also no-gos for the weekend.

Hillis is listed as a co-starter with Jamaal Charles on Kansas City’s depth chart but has actually been the team’s third-most active back, with 21 carries compared to Shane Draughn’s 34.  Draughn is also on K.C.’s injury report with an ankle ailment but he practiced fully on Friday and is considered probable to play.  Like Dorsey, Hillis will miss his third consecutive game.

Wylie, a rookie, has not yet caught a regular-season but might have been in line for more action with receivers Jon Baldwin (hamstring) and Terrance Copper (calf) also on the Chiefs’ injury list.  Both Baldwin and Copper are listed as questionable for Sunday, though Baldwin returned to full participation in practice on Friday.

The Bucs’ list is only four players long, and the only apparent question mark is defensive tackle Roy Miller and his aching back.  The Captain’s Blog shared Head Coach Greg Schiano’s thoughts on Miller’s status earlier on Friday.

Here are the official injury reports for both teams on Friday:

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
DT Roy Miller Back Limited Participation Questionable
G Carl Nicks Toe Full Participation Probable
T Jeremy Trueblood Illness Full Participation Probable
CB Eric Wright Head/Illness Full Participation Probable

 

Chiefs

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
WR Jon Baldwin Hamstring Full Participation Questionable
CB Jalil Brown Hamstring Full Participation Probable
QB Matt Cassel Concussion Out Out
WR Terrance Copper Calf Limited Participation Questionable
DE Glenn Dorsey Calf Did Not Participate Out
RB Shaun Draughn Ankle Full Participation Probable
RB Cyrus Gray Illness Did Not Participate Questionable
RB Peyton Hillis Ankle Did Not Participate Out
S Kendrick Lewis Shoulder Full Participation Probable
C/G Ryan Lilja Back Full Participation Probable
DE Ropati Pitoitua Elbow Full Participation Questionable
WR Devon Wylie Hamstring Did Not Participate Out

For those needing a refresher on NFL injury report language, the four possible game status choices refer to the percentage of the chance that the indicated player will be able to participate in the game, at least nominally.  In practice, there are varying shades of gray between the choices, with “questionable” being the only designation with much uncertainly about what will happen.  NFL injury reports include the following definitions:

  • Out = definitely will not play
  • Doubtful = at least 75% chance will not play
  • Questionable = 50-50 chance will not play
  • Probable = virtual certainty will be available for normal duty

Thursday Injury Report: Cassel Ruled Out, Miller Gets Day Off

As was officially announced on the Chiefs’ web site earlier on Thursday, quarterback Matt Cassel has been ruled out of Sunday’s  game against the Buccaneers and Brady Quinn will get his first start since 2009.  In the afternoon, both the Chiefs and Buccaneers released their injury reports for the day, and Cassel is the only player on either team who has already been tagged with the “out” designation.

The Chiefs did have five other players who were held out of their Thursday practice, while the Buccaneers had just one player sidelined by injury.  Wide receiver Jon Baldwin (hamstring) and defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) are the key names among the idle Chiefs, while defensive tackle Roy Miller was the lone Buc to get the day off.

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