With wide receiver Sammie Stroughter moving to injured reserve, only one remaining player on the Buccaneers’ 53-man roster was unable to practice on Friday: second-year cornerback Anthony Gaitor. On the team’s subsequent injury report later in the afternoon, Gaitor was the only player who remained a concern heading into the weekend.
Gaitor, in fact, has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game in Dallas due to his lingering hamstring injury. The other five players on Tampa Bay’s final injury report of the week – CB E.J. Biggers (foot), LB Quincy Black (back), DE Adrian Clayborn (not injury related), tackle Jeremy Trueblood (ankle) and cornerback Eric Wright (back) – all practiced fully on Friday and are probable to play against the Cowboys. Biggers, who has been dealing with a foot injury since the first day of training camp, could see his first action of 2012.
The Cowboys have a much lengthier injury report, running a full 15 players deep, but there is likely only one man on that list whose status is any sort of mystery heading into the weekend. Marcus Spears, who is listed as the Cowboys’ backup to starting DT Kenyon Coleman on the depth chart, is questionable due to a knee injury. He was limited in practice on Friday.
Everybody else on the Dallas list is either “out” or “probable.” Two of the five players already ruled out are Coleman and fellow defensive lineman Jay Ratliff, who missed last week’s game at Seattle, too. That could pose a bit of a depth issue in the Cowboys’ 3-4 front; if Spears were unable to go Dallas would be left with four DTs: Jason Hatcher, Josh Price-Brent, Tyrone Crawford and Sean Lissemore.
On offense, it appears as if Ryan Cook will get another start at center for the Cowboys, as Phil Costa has been ruled out. The other two Cowboys sure not to play are defensive reserves: LB Alex Albright and S Matt Johnson.