When first-year player LeQuan Lewis suffered a knee injury in last Sunday’s game at Denver, causing one Bronco player to wave frantically to the Buccaneers’ sideline, the initial fear was that the young cornerback/kick returner’s season was over. That may not be the case, however.
“I think [it's] not as bad as maybe it appeared initially,” said Head Coach Greg Schiano on Wednesday. “I don’t know if it will be this week but I don’t think it will be long term.”
Lewis did not practice on Wednesday and, as Schiano indicates, the injury may be enough to keep him out of Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. However, he could be available for the remainder of the stretch run.
Lewis was one of three Buccaneers who didn’t practice to start the week, but the team’s list is relatively brief. Philadelphia has submitted a much deeper injury report, though many of its main concerns have been going on for some time. QB Michael Vick and RB LeSean McCoy our both suffering from concussions, and Head Coach Andy Reid has already said that rookie Nick Foles would finish the season under center. McCoy hasn’t played since Week 11, and the team also recently placed leading receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve.
Here are the full Wednesday injury reports for both teams:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|WR Vincent Jackson||Calf||Limited Participation|
|CB LeQuan Lewis||Knee||Did Not Participate|
|DT Roy Miller||Head||Did Not Participate|
|RB D.J. Ware||Illness||Did Not Participate|
|S Nate Allen||Shoulder||Full Participation|
|S Kurt Coleman||Chest||Did Not Participate|
|DT Fletcher Cox||Tailbone||Did Not Participate|
|RB Stanley Havili||Ankle||Full Participation|
|LB Mychal Kendricks||Shoulder||Full Participation|
|RB LeSean McCoy||Concussion||Did Not Participate|
|RB Chris Polk||Toe||Limited Participation|
|G Dallas Reynolds||Ankle||Full Participation|
|CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||Knee||Limited Participation|
|QB Michael Vick||Concussion||Did Not Participate|