Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton returned to practice on Thursday after being limited during Wednesday’s workout with the same bone bruise on his knee that kept him out of last Sunday’s game vs. Washington.

Starting left end Greg Spires returned to practice as well, but in a limited fashion. Both Clayton and Spires remain questionable for Tampa Bay’s upcoming game vs. Atlanta.

“They’re both questionable. Both guys are improving,” said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. “Clayton practiced today and Spires was very limited, although he’s getting better. It’s not so much can they play, it’s how are they going to play if they can play? I’m relying on our trainer to give me his feedback on that and we’ll go from there.”

Bucs free safety Dexter Jackson practiced for the second straight day but is still questionable with a hamstring injury that’s kept him out of three consecutive games. Gruden would not say whether Jackson would be able to start in place of S Will Allen, who is doubtful for Sunday’s game with a leg injury.

“We won’t say yet,” said Gruden. “[Dexter] practiced today, he’s questionable for the game and he’s been inactive for some time and had, really, two full-speed practices. We’ll see how it goes.”

Should neither Jackson nor Allen be able to go on Sunday, Kalvin Pearson will start at free safety for the Bucs.

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