Thursday Injury Report: Jackson, Ware at Full-Go

When the Buccaneers began their week of practice on Wednesday, WR Vincent Jackson was limited by a calf injury and RB D.J. Ware was sidelined by an illness.  On Thursday, both of those offensive contributors were back at full participation on the practice field.

“Vincent was out there, he feels better today so we just have to be careful,” said Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Buccaneers’ leading receiver.

The Eagles got three players back to full participation on Thursday after they were limited or out to start the week, but none of them were RB LeSean McCoy or QB Michael Vick.  Both McCoy and Vick have missed several weeks in a row due to concussions, and Head Coach Andy Reid has already said that rookie Nick Foles will continue to start at quarterback.

The returning players for Philly on Thursday were DT Fletcher Cox (tailbone), RB Chris Polk (toe) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (knee).  Both Cox and Rodgers-Cromartie are starters on the Philadelphia defense.

Here are the full Thursday injury reports for both teams:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status
WR Vincent Jackson Calf Full Participation
CB LeQuan Lewis Knee Did Not Participate
DT Roy Miller Head Did Not Participate
RB D.J. Ware Illness Full Participation

 

Philadelphia Eagles                                   

Player Injury Practice Status
S Nate Allen Shoulder Full Participation
S Kurt Coleman Chest Did Not Participate
DT Fletcher Cox Tailbone Full Participation
RB Stanley Havili Ankle Full Participation
LB Mychal Kendricks Shoulder Full Participation
RB LeSean McCoy Concussion Did Not Participate
RB Chris Polk Toe Full Participation
G Dallas Reynolds Ankle Full Participation
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Knee Full Participation
QB Michael Vick Concussion Did Not Participate

 

Wednesday Injury Report: Lewis Improving

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.  Continue reading

Friday Injury Report: All Probable

The Buccaneers have no injury concerns heading into the weekend as they prepare to fly to Denver, beyond what the injured reserve list has already subtracted from the roster.  All four players on Tampa Bay’s official report were listed as probable on Friday.

The Broncos list isn’t much more concerning, but the team is still not sure if DE Robert Ayers is going to be available on Sunday.  Ayers was not at practice on Friday as he continues to deal with a death in the family.  WR Brandon Stokley, the team’s third-leading pass-catcher among wideouts, was limited for the third straight day on Friday and is considered questionable for the game.

Here are the full Friday injury reports for both teams, complete with game-status designations:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice   Status Game   Status
DE   Michael Bennett Ankle Full   Participation Probable
C   Ted Larsen Illness Full   Participation Probable
DT   Roy Miller Illness Full   Participation Probable
LB   Dekoda Watson Hamstring Full   Participation Probable

 

Denver Broncos

Player Injury Practice   Status Game   Status
DE   Robert Ayers Not-Injury   Related Did   Not Participate Questionable
T   Chris Clark Illness Did   Not Participate Questionable
TE   Virgil Green Hamstring Full   Participation Probable
G   Chris Kuper Ankle Full   Participation Probable
DE   Malik Jackson Finger Full   Participation Probable
CB   Tracy Porter Illness Full   Participation Probable
G Manny   Ramirez Back Full   Participation Probable
WR   Brandon Stokley Wrist/Hip Limited   Participation Questionable
WR   Demaryius Thomas Knee Full   Participation Probable

 

Thursday Injury Report: 53 Strong

A little rest did Ted Larsen and Roy Miller good, and on Thursday the Buccaneers had all of their players in action on the practice field.

Miller had missed Wednesday’s workout and Larsen had been limited, both due to illness, but they were full participants on Friday.  No one sat out.

The Broncos’ injury report didn’t change a bit from Wednesday to Thursday, and it’s not much more concerning than the Bucs’ short list.  DE Robert Ayers still did not practice but he isn’t injured; he has been excused due to a death in the family.  Reserve guard Manny Ramirez (back) and third receiver Brandon Stokley (wrist/hip) were the only other players who were limited on Thursday.

Here are the full Thursday injury reports for both teams:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice   Status
DE   Michael Bennett Ankle Full   Participation
C   Ted Larsen Illness Full   Participation
DT   Roy Miller Illness Full   Participation
LB   Dekoda Watson Hamstring Full   Participation

 

Denver Broncos

Player Injury Practice   Status
DE   Robert Ayers Not-Injury   Related Did   Not Participate
TE   Virgil Green Hamstring Full   Participation
G   Chris Kuper Ankle Full   Participation
DE   Malik Jackson Finger Full   Participation
CB   Tracy Porter Illness Full   Participation
G   Manny Ramirez Back Limited   Participation
WR   Brandon Stokley Wrist/Hip Limited   Participation
WR   Demaryius Thomas Knee Full   Participation

 

Wednesday Injury Report: Catching a Bug

Tampa Bay’s injury report to open the week of practice leading up to the Denver game was short – that’s what happens when injured reserve claims a handful of players – but it would have been even shorter if not for something apparently going around.  C Ted Larsen was limited on Wednesday and DT Roy Miller did not practice at all due to illness.

Otherwise, the remainder of the Buccaneers’ active roster was able to practice without limits on Wednesday.  That was mostly true for the Broncos, too, as they had just one player sitting out: DE Robert Ayers, and that was not injury related.

Here are the full week-opening injury reports for both teams, though there isn’t much of concern on either list:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status
DE   Michael Bennett Ankle Full   Participation
C   Ted Larsen Illness Limited   Participation
DT   Roy Miller Illness Did   Not Participate
LB   Dekoda Watson Hamstring Full   Participation

 

Denver Broncos

Player Injury Practice Status
DE   Robert Ayers Not-Injury   Related Did   Not Participate
TE   Virgil Green Hamstring Full   Participation
G   Chris Kuper Ankle Full   Participation
DE   Malik Jackson Finger Full   Participation
CB   Tracy Porter Illness Full   Participation
G   Manny Ramirez Back Limited   Participation
WR   Brandon Stokley Wrist/Hip Limited   Participation
WR   Demaryius Thomas Knee Full   Participation

 

Friday Injury Report: Wright Has a Shot

CB Eric Wright, who left last Sunday’s game in the third quarter when he re-aggravated an Achilles injury, was able to practice in a limited fashion on Friday and that means his availability against Atlanta this weekend remains a possibility.

“We’re going to have to wait and see,” said Head Coach Greg Schiano.  “I think he’s done enough that we’ll see. He’s not ruled out of the game so we’re going to have to see.”

Wright as listed as questionable on the Bucs’ Friday injury report, the first one of the week that includes game-status designations.  He is the only Tampa Bay player with that designation, although safety Cody Grimm has already been ruled out due to his hamstring ailment.

On the other hand, the Falcons have six players listed as questionable, only one of whom did not practice at all on Friday: DT Peria Jerry (quad).  WR Julio Jones (ankle) was still limited, and LB Sean Weatherspoon, trying to return from a three-week absence due to his own ankle injury, was limited after being held out on Thursday.

Here are the complete injury reports for both teams:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
DE   Michael Bennett Shoulder Full   Participation Probable
S   Ahmad Black Illness Full   Participation Probable
S   Cody Grimm Hamstring Did   Not Participate Out
CB   Leonard Johnson Heel Full   Participation Probable
DE   Aaron Morgan Shoulder Full   Participation Probable
WR   Tiquan Underwood Head Full   Participation Probable
LB   Dekoda Watson Hamstring Full   Participation Probable
CB   Eric Wright Achilles Limited   Participation Questionable

 

Atlanta Falcons

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

 

Thursday Injury Report: Wright Still Out

Eric Wright, the Buccaneers’ starting right cornerback, did not practice for the second straight day on Thursday due to an Achilles injury and Head Coach Mike Schiano said after the workout that the team would gauge Wright’s progress on Friday before moving towards a decision as to whether he could play against Atlanta.   Complicating the issue is that Wright has recently started several games but been unable to finish them after aggravating the injury.

“The tough part is the limited resources,” said Schiano.  “You have 46 guys, and when one goes down that’s a tight squeeze.  So we’re going to have to make some decisions here Friday or Saturday.” Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Friday Injury Report: Meredith Questionable

The practice fields in Tampa and Charlotte were full on Friday, and it appears the Buccaneers have the only game-day question mark heading into the weekend.

The Panthers have already declared one player out for Sunday’s game, as reserve DE Antwan Applewhite will be unavailable due to a hamstring injury.  However, the other eight players on Carolina’s Friday injury report all practice fully on the final day of the week and are considered probable to play against the Buccaneers.

The same is true for the Buccaneers, who have a six-person injury report with five players listed as probable for Sunday’s game. The question mark is starting right guard Jamon Meredith, who hurt his ankle in practice on Wednesday and is questionable for the game.  Still, that can be seen as something of an optimistic listing, as Meredith was able to return to the practice field Friday, albeit in limited fashion.  Head Coach Greg Schiano said he is still hoping that Meredith is ready to go by Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Here are the full end-of-the-week injury reports for both teams:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice   Status Game   Status
WR   Arrelious Benn Shoulder Full   Participation Probable
DE   Michael Bennett Shoulder Full   Participation Probable
S   Cody Grimm Hamstring Full   Participation Probable
G   Jamon Meredith Ankle Limited   Participation Questionable
CB   Eric Wright Achilles/Excused Full   Participation Probable
G   Jeremy Zuttah Shoulder Full   Participation Probable

 

Carolina Panthers

Player Injury Practice   Status Game   Status
DE   Antwan Applewhite Hamstring Did   Not Participate Out
LB   Thomas Davis Not   Injury Related Full   Participation Probable
WR   Armanti Edwards Groin Full   Participation Probable
DT   Dwan Edwards Ankle Full   Participation Probable
DT   Ron Edwards Not   Injury Related Full   Participation Probable
T   Jordan Gross Not   Injury Related Full   Participation Probable
C   Geoff Hangartner Knee Full   Participation Probable
G   Amini Silatolu Shoulder Full   Participation Probable
WR   Steve Smith Not   Injury Related Full   Participation Probable

 

Thursday Injury Report: Meredith Misses Practice

Jamon Meredith has filled in admirably at right guard, former home of Pro Bowler Davin Joseph, since moving inside from his reserve tackle position in Week Six.  Now the Buccaneers may need somebody to fill in for Meredith in Week 11.

Meredith debuted on Tampa Bay’s injury report on Wednesday, and on Thursday Head Coach Greg Schiano explained that the fourth-year lineman had been hurt during the last period of Wednesday’s workout when a teammate fell onto his leg.  Meredith sustained an ankle injury and was held out of practice on Thursday.

“I’m not sure if he’s going to be able to play Sunday or not,” said Schiano. They’re really aggressively treating him and we’ll see.  We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Schiano didn’t pinpoint who would step into Meredith’s spot if he is unable to go, but the team is obviously still holding out hope that he will recover in time to make his sixth straight start.

“[There are] a lot of different guys that we’re rolling through there,” said Schiano.  “We’ll probably make a decision closer to game time. I hope its Jamon but if not then the next guy who we think gives us the best chance to win will get lined up there and we’ll move forward.”

CB Eric Wright was excused from practice for a Continue reading