The Bucs have seen some vital players miss practice this week with Ronald Jones sitting out the past two days with swelling in his knee, as Bruce Arians put it, and Mike Evans sidelined with a hamstring injury. With the season nearing closer, safety Justin Evans has also remained relegated to merely watching practice on the team’s physically-unable-to-perform list.

While Mike Evans sat out of practice again on Tuesday, Jones and Justin Evans made a leap forward. Jones returned to practice in full pads, however noticeably wearing a brace on his left knee, and while Justin Evans watching practice in sneakers has become as common as afternoon rain in Tampa, the third-year safety was seen on the far field running in cleats with one of the team’s trainers.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones II
Bucs RB Ronald Jones II – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Jones’ injury can likely be traced back to his opening kickoff return during Friday’s preseason game against the Dolphins when he appeared to come down awkwardly on his left leg while catching the ball. He then took two carries on the team’s first series, with the first going for a gain of 10 before being tackled in the backfield for a loss of three on the next play.

Football is a game of injuries, and while you would optimally never see anyone miss time, players are going to get banged up and you can only hope that the time missed is short and the injuries don’t take out a team’s key producers for big chunks of the season. When injuries happen to players who are as important to the team’s offense as Jones and Mike Evans intend to be in 2019, and when injuries last as long as Justin Evans’ has, the situations inevitably carry a little more weight.

Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Arians was asked about Justin Evans’ progress after practice, but wouldn’t divulge any details and stated that injury reports aren’t released until week one. The Bucs’ head coach also said on Monday that it’s a day-to-day situation for Jones and Mike Evans but predicted that Jones will be good to play on Friday against the Cleveland Browns while the team’s top pass-catcher may be forced to sit that game out.

Scotty Miller returned to practice on Monday after missing the last two weeks and Cam Brate has missed all three practices this week. As for other injuries, many familiar faces remained out of commission.

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Alldaway 2.0

Glad to hear Jones is okay because it looked a lot worse on tv.

Miller back to practice is good news even if he isn’t 100%.

But I am concerned about Edwards because it has been very tight lipped regarding his injury. But J. Evans returning will be nice boost for the unit.

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surferdudes

The Hudson kid reminds me of a young Cam Brate, remember he needed to work on his blocking too. Brate’s not practicing, that tells me Hudson must be getting good reps with the starters. If Brate gets injured, or someone makes the right offer in a trade, Hudson could be a good option.

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twspin

I think they will all be ready come game one. Watch the 9ers last night. And they did not look that good. Not worried about Evans. He will be there. Jones though might have to learn how to play with some hurt.
BUCS 28 49ers 13

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Pick6

I think Tanner Hudson will stick on the roster as TE4 and get anthony auclair type playing time or less year 1. Hopefully he uses this season to bulk up and improve his blocking, in 2020 the bucs need to shave Brate’s millions off the cap and replacing him with an undrafted guy on his rookie deal (basically what brate was when Licht found him) would be a coup.

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Erik Jager

How is JPP progressing? A major Buccaneers’ issue because the Bucs could cut him saving over 7 million dollars. It would be a somewhat daring move because players+fan may get mad. 7 million could a long way on other cut players.

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twspin

They gotta be thinkin JPP will be back strong. Most of us fans really do think Bucs should have..cut and run when he had that injury. We are not doctors and can only hope. Somebody in the Buc organization does not perceive keeping JPP as a risk, We shall see.

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seat26

Until I see David, Vea, JPP, and Evans in pads and playing, I won’t buy any Team B.S. This Organization has a long history of keeping injury information secret. We were told that any week Beckwith was coming back last year. He is still on IR and most think it is a career-ending injury. JPP had a neck injury. I would not count on him this year. I am praying for David and Vea. I do not believe we can have the kind of Defense we need to compete without the two of them. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

twspin

I hope you are worn. But deep inside, I know you are right. Injuries on D are steadily piling up. I’ thinkin the Bucs will hit the waiver wires hard. We get past the 9ers. But its anybody’s guess after that.

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bucballer

Going to be interesting to see who makes final 53? I mean we would actually have to go below that if we intend to pick up any cut players off of the waiver wire… which I assume we will, at least a couple or so. TE’s, Dlineman, and WR will all be interesting to watch. I, also, believe that the Bucs will have to find a place on the 53 roster for Hudson. If they try and stash him on the P. Squad 10 he will be pilfered quickly!

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bucballer

QB is also going to be interesting. BA seems to like Blaine. But fan favorite Ryan has put some pretty scrappy tape out. I think he should be our #2! It may force the Bucs to keep 3 QBs on final 53. If so, someone else will have to be cut to make room. Lots of decisions for BA before final cut downs. What say u guys?

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EastEndBoy

Yes injuries are a part of the game…but, there are injuries and there are injuries. It’s going to be much easier (not easy) for Jameis Winston to drive the team down the field passing to Watson, than it would be for Mike Evans to lead the drive with Gabbert throwing the ball. We see this every year when Brady, Brees, Rodgers seemingly make new pro bowl contending WRs out of some scrap heap guy. We never see Jordy Nelson make Brett Hundley look like a pro bowler. Other key positions too – all injuries are not equal. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

GoldsonAges

Jones definitely hyper extended the knee on the opening kickoff. I was surprised to see him back in the game after that

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liquidmuse3

Glad we have a new training/strength staff, but clearly they have a blind spot about hamstrings. And whoever thought putting our chance at a star tailback on kickoffs in preseason when I’m not even sure he’s doing that in the regular season needs to be held, wait for it, accountable.

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fanofdabucs

Y’all crack me up.

Coming into camp Jones “sucked” and was considered a “bust”. Jones was going to have to prove himself in camp and do whatever was asked of him.

Now someone should be held accountable for putting our “chance at a star” RB at kick returner.

Pure comedy.

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scubog

So far the team has been fortunate in avoiding a major long-term injury to a critical player. Lucky Vita Vea wasn’t so “fat and out of shape” that his boo boo didn’t put him out for the year like fellow 2018 draft-mate Derwin James.

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fredster

Yeah Derwin James must be too fat and too much weight on that foot. Lol. Clearly being too heavy is the cause of all injuries in football.

On serious not I hope Evans and Edwards can get healthy in secondary. Like to have more depth at safety in case of more injuries etc.

I’m not overly concerned about Vea or David both will be ready for game 1 I bet.

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seat26

I am betting that our Coaching this year is better and that even though we may lack depth, and have several injuries to starters, we will be a better team regardless. How much better? I have a number in mind. 3 games better this year. I would be thrilled with 8-8 this year.

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owlykat

All 90 players getting lots of reps in practice really pays off when we have injuries. We won’t have to grab players off the street. Notice for instance we had five sacks last game despite no Nelson, and no David; no Edwards; etc. Bond had plenty of reps though and showed he can generate sacks; Huguenin too, and Kenney showed a great burst off the edge that created pressure too. So we have plenty of sackers even if we have injuries. David has been out but Cichy, Minter, and Bucannon stepped right up and our inside Linebacking has not missed… Read more »

bucjoe

I’m interested to know if anyone else has been impressed with #75, oline man Prohl or some such. He played LT in the first game and easily handled all who came against him. Also blocked well in the run game. In 2nd game he played RG and played well. Booker played LT and struggled greatly in the first half. In the 2nd half they put Proel (ok, #75) at LT and had no further problem with that side whatsoever. However I haven’t heard anyone mention him and I am wondering if what I think I am seeing is an illusion.… Read more »

scubog

You didn’t see him (75 William Poehls), get rolled in the Steelers game? Looked better in the Dolphins game. Big dude.

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