Anthony Collins, the 5-year, $30-million man Tampa Bay brought to town this offseason to replace Donald Penn at left tackle, may be on the shelf again this Sunday.
The seventh-year pro has played the last three games after having to sit out Weeks 9 and 10 with a foot injury, but was held out of practice Thursday after hurting his elbow.
Joining Collins on the sidelines of today’s practice were DT Clinton McDonald, TE Brandon Myers, RB Bobby Rainey and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, head coach Lovie Smith reported. Linebacker Mason Foster was excused for personal reasons.
When asked about the severity of Collins’ elbow injury, Smith didn’t say much but hinted that it’s not a good sign this late in the week.
“You know, when you miss practice on a Thursday, it’s not a good thing, so we’ll see. Again, he didn’t practice today. A lot of times I do try to play the role of ‘Dr. Smith’ – I’m going to leave that alone this time. Hopefully he can go tomorrow.”
Primarily filling in for Collins during the games he missed in Cleveland and Atlanta was seven-year veteran Oniel Cousins. Rookie Kevin Pamphile also saw limited action both those weeks and entered for four snaps last Sunday against Cincinnati.