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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Three ‘Skins Questionable for Sunday

Both the Buccaneers and the Redskins have already ruled out one reserve cornerback for Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium, but Washington’s final injury report has significantly more question marks than Tampa Bay’s.

Beyond cornerback Anthony Gaitor, who is out again due to his lingering hamstring issue, the Bucs have just four players on their Friday injury report, all of them listed as probable.  Friday’s report is the first one of the week that includes game designations, and a listing of probable means it is virtually certain that a player will be available for normal duty on game day.  That’s good news for starting left guard Carl Nicks, who scaled back to limited participation in Friday’s practice but should be at his normal post on Sunday.

The Redskins, however, have three players that have been designated as questionable, including two starters and the team’s primary kick return man.  Starting left tackle Trent Williams (knee) is one of those three, but it could be seen as a positive development for Washington that Williams returned to practice in a limited fashion on Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday.  Also questionable are WR Pierre Garcon and return man Brandon Banks.  Here are the full reports for both teams:

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
CB E.J. Biggers Foot Full Participation Probable
CB Anthony Gaitor Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
CB Leonard Johnson Back Full Participation Probable
G Carl Nicks Toe Limited Participation Probable
LB Dekoda Watson Chest Full Participation Probable

Redskins

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
WR Brandon Banks Hip Limited Participation Questionable
WR Pierre Garcon Foot Limited Participation Questionable
CB Cedric Griffin Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
WR Leonard Hankerson Back Full Participation Probable
S Brandon Meriweather Knee Full Participation Probable
RB Evan Royster Knee Full Participation Probable
T Trent Williams Knee Limited Participation Questionable

 

Nicks Returns to Full Practice Participation

The Buccaneers’ Thursday injury report was an improvement over Wednesday’s list, as both starting left guard Carl Nicks and reserve linebacker Dekoda Watson returned to full participation on the practice field.  The two had been limited on Wednesday with toe and chest ailments, respectively.  That left the Bucs with only one player on their current 53-man roster who was not able to practice fully on Thursday: cornerback Anthony Gaitor.  Gaitor has yet to play during the regular season due to a hamstring injury suffered near the end of the preseason.

The only change to Washington’s injury report on Thursday was an addition.  WR Brandon Banks, who was not on the report to start the week, was added with a hip injury after being limited on Thursday.  Banks is the Redskins primary kickoff and punt returner.  Here’s Thursday’s full list for both teams:

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status
CB E.J. Biggers Foot Full Participation
CB Anthony Gaitor Hamstring Did Not Participate
CB Leonard Johnson Back Full Participation
G Carl Nicks Toe Full Participation
LB Dekoda Watson Chest Full Participation

Redskins

Player Injury Practice Status
WR Brandon Banks Hip Limited Participation
WR Pierre Garcon Foot Limited Participation
CB Cedric Griffin Hamstring Did Not Participate
WR Leonard Hankerson Back Full Participation
S Brandon Meriweather Knee Limited Participation
RB Evan Royster Knee Limited Participation
T Trent Williams Knee Did Not Participate

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys: Inactives

The following players will be inactive for today’s game:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB E.J. Biggers, CB Anthony Gaitor, CB Keith Tandy, DE George Johnson, T James Meredith, WR Chris Owusu, RB Michael Smith

Dallas Cowboys: WR Cole Beasley, S Matt Johnson, S Gerald Sensabaugh, LB Alex Albright, C Phil Costa, NT Jay Ratliff, DE Kenyon Coleman. Sensabaugh and Ratliff are regular defensive starts for the Dallas Cowboys.

Thursday Injury Report: Black Gets Back on the Field

After being held out of the first practice of the week on Wednesday due to a back ailment, starting strongside linebacker Quincy Black returned to full participation on Thursday.  Only one Buccaneer did not practice at all on Thursday: wide receiver Sammie Stroughter.  On Wednesday, Head Coach Greg Schiano allowed for the possibility that Stroughter’s foot injury could be a longer-term issue, though there has been no update since.

Here is the Buccaneers’ official injury report from Thursday in its entirety:

 Player, Injury, Practice Status

  • CB E.J. Biggers, Foot, Full Participation
  • LB Quincy Black, Back, Full Participation
  • DE Adrian Clayborn, Non-Injury Related, Full Participation
  • CB Anthony Gaitor, Hamstring, Limited Participation
  • WR Sammie Stroughter, Foot, Did Not Participate
  • T Jeremy Trueblood, Ankle, Full Participation
  • CB Eric Wright, Back, Full Participation

The only change in status on the Cowboys’ injury report from Wednesday to Thursday was DT Marcus Spears improving to limited participation.  Here is the official injury report submitted by Dallas on Thursday: Continue reading