Wednesday Injury Report: Bucs, Falcons Sit Four Each

On Wednesday, four days before they would meet in an important NFC South showdown at Raymond James Stadium, both the Buccaneers and the Falcons held four players out of their respective practices.

Tampa Bay’s secondary was particularly thinned as the practice week started, as starting right cornerback Eric Wright (Achilles) and reserve safeties Ahmad Black (illness) and Cody Grimm (hamstring) were all rested.  Both Wright and Grimm, as well as wide receiver Arrelious Benn (shoulder) were dealing with injuries that had been bothering them before they played in last Sunday’s game against Carolina.

Three of the Falcons’ four sidelined players on Wednesday were also on defense: defensive tackle Peria Jerry (quadriceps), safety Charles Mitchell (calf) and cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder).  The fourth was starting wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle).  Atlanta Head Coach Mike Smith said after practice on Wednesday that Jones will get practice time on Thursday.

LB Sean Weatherspoon returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the last three games due to an ankle injury.  Weatherspoon was limited to start the week but Smith said that he would probably be a full participant on Thursday.

Here are the complete injury reports for both teams:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status
WR   Arrelious Benn Shoulder Did   Not Participate
DE   Michael Bennett Shoulder Limited   Participation
S   Ahmad Black Illness Did   Not Participate
S   Cody Grimm Hamstring Did   Not Participate
DE   Aaron Morgan Shoulder Full   Participation
WR   Tiquan Underwood Head Full   Participation
CB   Eric Wright Achilles Did   Not Participate


Atlanta Falcons

Player Injury Practice Status
DE   John Abraham Back Limited   Participation
DT   Jonathan Babineaux Neck Limited   Participation
K   Matt Bryant Back Limited   Participation
WR   Kevin Cone Groin Limited   Participation
DT   Peria Jerry Quadriceps Did   Not Participate
WR   Julio Jones Ankle Did   Not Participate
S   Charles Mitchell Calf Did   Not Participate
CB   Christopher Owens Thigh Limited   Participation
QB   Matt Ryan Left   Finger Full   Participation
CB   Asante Samuel Shoulder Did   Not Participate
RB   Michael Turner Groin Limited   Participation
DT   Vance Walker Ribs Limited   Participation
LB   Sean Weatherspoon Ankle Limited   Participation


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