Tampa Bay LB Angelo Crowell is expected to be sidelined until the middle of next week due to a hamstring injury. The same could be true for WR Michael Clayton. TE Kellen Winslow returned to practice this afternoon, and the team could have a few injured players return as early as Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their most physical practice under new head coach Raheem Morris on Wednesday morning, and the team made it out of the workout, which was delayed for about 30 minutes due to rain and lightning in the area, relatively healthy.
Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton injured his left hamstring with two plays left in Wednesday morning's practice. Clayton, who has had a great start to camp, did not practice on Wednesday afternoon, but he was on the football field and could return to action sometime this week.
“It’s just a tweaked hamstring,” Clayton said.
When asked if there was a timeline until he is back on the practice field, Clayton said, “No, not yet. I’m going to do (the MRI) tomorrow and find out what’s going on with it, but it’s just a tweak. It should be a couple of days and then I’ll be fine.”
Clayton's injury occurred when he caught a slant pass from quarterback Byron Leftwich.
“I scored on the play, too," Clayton said.
The most significant injury news of the day came when Morris told the media that linebacker Angelo Crowell would not return to practice until the middle of next week due to a hamstring injury.
Crowell, who was initially listed as day-to-day and signed as a free agent during the offseason, underwent season-ending knee surgery in September and was expected to compete for a starting job in Tampa Bay. His absence bodes well for a few of the team's younger linebackers, Quincy Black and Geno Hayes, who are taking the majority of reps at strongside linebacker.
Morris is optimistic that wide receiver Antonio Bryant (knee), tight end Kellen Winslow (ankle) and kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), who missed Wednesday morning's practice.
In fact, Winslow returned to practice this afternoon, while Antonio Bryant participated in warm-ups before sitting out the rest of practice. With the exception of Crowell and WR Joe Filani (hamstring), most of Tampa Bay's injured players are expected to return to practice Thursday.
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