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November 19, 2009 @ 10:10 am
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Bucs Getting Healthier As They Prepare For Saints

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The Bucs had all of their players participate in Thursday's practice at One Buccaneer Place. That includes Bucs wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who has missed two straight games due to a knee ailment, but had full participation today. Pewter Report has the latest injury news regarding the Bucs and Saints.
The 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are nearly 100 percent healthy heading into their NFC South division showdown with the undefeated New Orleans Saints Sunday.

After having several players limited in practice Wednesday, the Bucs had full participation from nearly every player on their 53-man active roster with the exception of third-string quarterback Byron Leftwich, who was limited due to a elbow injury.

That means Bucs wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who has missed two straight games due to a lingering knee ailment, had his first full practice in several weeks on Thursday. However, the Bucs aren't ready to declare him active for Sunday's game vs. the Saints just yet.

"Antonio? He’s day to day," said Bucs head coach Raheem Morris. "Obviously, when we get to the game, he’s practiced this week, which is a good sign. So, you know you’ve got a real good feel about that. But we’ll have to determine [whether he plays] once we get to the game on Sunday."

Joining Bryant in full participation on the practice field Thursday were cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), running back Cadillac Williams (knee) and tight end Kellen Winslow (knee), who joked with the media Thursday about how he "owned" Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma and others during practices at Miami.

The 9-0 Saints are fairly banged up for their upcoming game, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

New Orleans running back Reggie Bush (knee), cornerback Jabari Greer (groin), CB Tracy Porter (knee) and wide receiver Lance Moore (ankle) were held out of practice for the second straight day.

Center Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (knee) and safety Darren Sharper (knee) were limited Thursday. Saints tight end David Thomas (knee) had full participation.


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