According to FOX Sports Ross Jones, Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson suffered a fractured wrist in last Thursday’s game with the Falcons, but isn’t expected to miss any time and will play Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith did not want to get into the injury situation during his Monday afternoon press conference, instead saying he would address them on Wednesday when the NFL requires teams to provide injury updates for their roster.
Jackson, like most of the offense, has struggled through three game notching just 10 catches for 102 yards and just one touchdown.
Not many teams have been as banged up as Tampa Bay early in the season but the Steelers could be close. In their 37-19 pounding of Carolina on Sunday night, the Steelers had, as head coach Mike Tomlin called them, three “significant injuries.”
The worst most likely was that of veteran cornerback Ike Taylor who suffered a broken arm after a friendly fire hit from teammates Lawrence Timmons. Linebackers Jarvis Jones(wrist) and Ryan Shazier (knee) both also left the game on Sunday night and could miss Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.
PewterReport.com and WhatTheBuc.net have teamed up to provide monthly live hour-long podcasts at locations around Tampa Bay. Last Friday night the live event happened from Keel and Curley Winery in Plant City and Mark Cook, Scott Reynolds and Derek Fournier talked all things Buccaneers football including previewing the Atlanta game, the issues on offense and defense, and looked ahead to the Pittsburgh game next Sunday.
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With a Buccaneers injury report that already looks like a M*A*S*H unit, the list grew by one more on Thursday night, as quarterback Josh McCown was knocked out of the game in the second quarter.
McCown hit his throwing hand on the helmet of an Atlanta defender and was taken to the locker room for examination. When McCown emerged from the locker room his hand was heavily bandaged. Backup Mike Glennon took over for McCown bt fared no better.
It was already a forgettable night for McCown prior to the injury, as the veteran was just 5-of-12 for 58 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by the Falcons.
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A new game day feature will be a Buccaneers score prediction contest. Give us your prediction on the winner and the score before kickoff and the person who gets it right, or comes closest, will win a PewterReport.com t-shirt plus bragging rights.
Here are the staff predictions.
Scott Reynolds: Falcons 31-20
Mark Cook: Buccaneers 23-21
Eric Horchy: Falcons 27-23
Zach Shapiro: Buccaneers 27-23
Eric Dellaratta: Falcons 27-17
Kim Roper: Falcons 24-13
Andrew Scavelli: Falcons 27-21
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The Buccaneers released the final injury report of the week on Wednesday in advance of their game on Thursday night in Atlanta.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DL Da’Quan Bowers – Abdomen – Full Participant – Probable
C Evan Dietrich-Smith – Back – Limited Participant – Probable
T Demar Dotson – Hamstring – Full Participant – Probable
LB Mason Foster – Shoulder – Did Not Participate – Out
DE William Gholston – Shoulder – Full Participant – Probable
DE Michael Johnson – Ankle – Limited Participant – Questionable
G Logan Mankins – Knee – Limited Participant – Probable
RB Doug Martin – Knee – Limited Participate – Questionable
DT Gerald McCoy – Hand – Did Not Participate – Questionable
CB Bradley McDougald – Knee – Full Participant – Probable
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Ankle – Did Not Participate – Out
WR Julio Jones – Ankle – Full Participant – Probable
T Jake Matthews – Ankle – Full Participant – Probable
LB Prince Shembo – Knee – Full Participant – Probable
WR Roddy White – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – Questionable
PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds joined Rich Herrera on 98.7 The Fan FM on Tuesday night to discuss the Buccaneers 0-2 start, the rash of injuries and looked ahead to Thursday night’s road trip to Atlanta.
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In the locker room following Sunday’s loss to the Rams, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s hand was in a cast. On both Monday and Tuesday the cast was nowhere to be found when McCoy strolled through during the team’s open locker room period, causing some to wonder if maybe the initial diagnosis was wrong. But late on Tuesday afternoon the mystery of missing cast was solved.
“Gerald, we got him fitted in a cast today,” Smith said. “It’s not a club. Today, of course, he had his thumb out, so we’ll see. Eventually, that’s what he’ll end up playing with, with some protection while being able to use all of your fingers.”
The question still remains if McCoy can play on Thursday evening as the Bucs travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, but during his post-practice press conference Smith didn’t sound very hopeful that Tampa Bay’s best defensive lineman would be able to suit up.
“You can’t really rush the passer or play three-technique with one arm,” Smith said. “You need to be able to use that. Gerald is a heck of a player but I might have a chance against him if I made him put his hand behind his back and just played with one hand. That’s pretty hard to do. Eventually he’ll be able to use both and we’ll put him out there then. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but it’s a matter of time. He’s a quick healer and he was light on his feet out there today.”
Two days removed from Gerald McCoy injuring his left hand, the star defensive tackle’s availability for Thursday’s quick turnaround game at Atlanta remains up in the air.
“Right now we’re trying to figure out what’s the best decision and what’s the best way to keep it protected,” McCoy said in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon. “Obviously it’s better if I’m out there, but it’s still a long season. So we’re just going to take it day by day and see what happens.
“There’s always the risk that you can make it worse,” he continued. “It’s just been a couple days now. I don’t think it’s a secret that it’s going to be hard to play with a broken hand after a couple days. It can always get worse and that’s the risk of going out there on Thursday.”
The anchor of Tampa Bay’s defensive line suffered a break or fracture in his left hand during the eighth play of first quarter against St. Louis on Sunday. He returned for the first play of the Rams’ next drive but then left field for good.
McCoy wouldn’t rule out a playing Thursday but didn’t sound confident in that possibility.
“It’s going to be hard to grab people with a broken hand, but I’ve been doing this long enough to where I can figure it out,” he said. “I’m just doing a lot of treatment, doing some hand exercises, and then we’ll see how much I can use it out there. But I guarantee you I’m doing everything in my power to get back as soon as possible.”
Another thing McCoy wouldn’t disclose is the extent of his injury, even whether it was a break or a fracture. “I don’t know. I leave that to the doctors. I just do what they tell me. It’s my left hand. It’s in the left part of my left hand.”
In McCoy’s absence, the Bucs primarily positioned Clinton McDonald, Da’Quan Bowers and Akeem Spence on the interior line Sunday. McCoy said even if he can’t go in Atlanta he’ll remain active during lead-up practices and the game Thursday night.
“I’ve got to stay involved,” McCoy said. “One thing I’ve been doing is staying as involved as possible even with limited participation. Even if it’s walk-throughs, getting on my offensive line, getting the looks – just being very detailed.”
McCoy is one of three opening-day starters to have gone down with an injury that’s caused missed time. McDonald’s the only one to avoid it thus far.
Atlanta coach Mike Smith spoke with the Tampa Bay media Tuesday afternoon and said he’s fully anticipating a tough test from the Buccaneers defense despite missing some key players.
“I’ve been very impressed with the way the defense has played, even with the injuries,” Smith said. “They’ve done what they need to do and that’s keep people out of the end zone. Lovie’s teams, they always play hard. I’ve been very impressed with their defensive line.”