Wednesday's practice has just begun at One Buccaneer Place and there are a couple of notable things occurring. Center Jeff Faine is not practicing. Faine suffered an undisclosed injury in the closing minutes of Tampa Bay's 20-7 win at Carolina and had to be replaced by Jeremy Zuttah. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said on Monday that Faine should be ready to go against Pittsburgh this week.
Middle linebacker Niko Koutouvides is also out of practice after missing the first two regular season games of the season. Koutouvides suffered a neck injury during the preseason.
Tight end Kellen Winslow, who missed every practice last week, but caught four passes for 83 yards in the win over the Panthers, is participating in Wednesday's practice. That is a positive sign for Tampa Bay as he continues to battle a troublesome knee that has undergone six knee surgeries.
Running back Kareem Huggins is also back in practice after missing the Carolina game due to injury. Huggins, who has yet to touch the ball in an NFL regular season game after leading Tampa Bay in rushing during the preseason, suffered a groin strain in practice last week.