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After Wednesday’s practice, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians gave an update on cornerback Jamel Dean’s injury status.

“He practiced today”, Arians said. “He’s a little sore but he’s practicing.”

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday that Dean had avoided a serious knee injury. It was expected that he would miss some time but the fact that he was out practicing bodes well for his status Sunday. It’s a good thing because the team will need him. Dean has had an up and down season thus far. After a tough performance against the Dallas Cowboys he rebounded versus the Atlanta Falcons. He’ll need to have a good game against the Patriots in order to not become the forgotten man in this cornerback room, especially when Sean Murphy-Bunting returns.

Arians and newly signed corner Richard Sherman said today that unless there is significant injury, the corner is more than likely to play next week against the Miami Dolphins. The Bucs have been struggling to find consistent play from the corner group all season long. They recently signed cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Rashard Robinson to the practice squad and protected both players this week in advance of their game against the New England Patriots.

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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