After arriving in London Monday evening, the Buccaneers spent their off day Tuesday visiting the sights in and around town. Wednesday morning, on a converted rugby/soccer field just outside of London, Tampa Bay began preparation for their NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium against the Chicago Bears.
Tampa Bay released their Wednesday afternoon injury report listing the following players.
C Jeff Faine (biceps), DE Michael Bennett (groin),Mason Foster (ankle) and RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) did not participate according to the team. Back on the practice field Wednesday were DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), TE Luke Stocker (knee), and WR Sammie Stroughter (foot).
In his after practice press conference Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris commented on Tampa Bay's injury situation.
“LeGarrette didn’t go today and Kellen (Winslow) is on his normal (off day) work week,” Morris said. “Gerald was out there practicing today, he had the ankle deal. It is getting better. I’m not sure the exact term we are going to list him as but he was limited in participation today.
“Michael Bennett did not participate today, he has a little groin issue. Hopefully we will get him right for the game. Sammie had a little bit of limited participation today. Mason Foster was a no-show again for us today. Hopefully we can see where he is at later in the week. Luke Stocker went out and was full participation today. And Jeff Faine didn’t not participate today with the biceps issue.”
Foster, who was limited last week against New Orleans after spraining his ankle in the second half of the previous game in San Francisco, has a new injury according to Morris.
“He actually kind of sprained his other ankle a little bit,” Morris. “He is walking around with some nice ankles right now when he is out there working. Hopefully we can see what he can do by the end of the week. He is a tough kid so I have a lot of confidence in what he will be able to do.”