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As we enter into Week 4 of the preseason, the schedule around One Buc Place gets much more normalized. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers treat the final week of the preseason as if it were a regular season week, media access wise, and with that came the first chance for us to get an open locker room period before practice.

It was a quiet locker room period, for the most part, but we did get to ask Bucs tight end O.J. Howard about his offensive pass interference penalty from the Lions game. While watching live, it didn’t appear like Howard did much wrong, and after the play, that’s what Howard thought, too.

The ref told him that it just looked like a penalty because Howard was so much bigger and stronger than the defender, which is pretty B.S.

Hopefully those kinds of phantom calls don’t follow Howard around, if unwarranted.

On the injury front, there were no unexpected serious injuries to report, but there were some pleasant surprises for guys who returned from injury.

Defensive tackle Beau Allen was back on the practice field, as was Leonard Wester for the first time in a few week. Safety Justin Evans was back at practice, which was very encouraging since we didn’t know how long his foot injury was going to hold him out for — turned out not too long.

Still no defensive tackle Vita Vea at practice. However, head coach Dirk Koetter said Vea is still “on track” with his recovery.

Along with confirming a few of the guys back from injury, Koetter also talked about cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and how he’s become a vocal leader on the team.

With Grimes being more of a quiet type, it’s good to see Hargreaves is confident enough to be a vocal guy. Hopeful that turns into good performances this season.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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3 years ago

Vea was in full pads running with trainers according to The Bucs.

3 years ago

Finally some good news with injuries!

3 years ago

It would be great if Vea was at least able to play in the last game of the preseason. Almost all of the players injured are proved vets who won’t have a problem getting back into regular season mode. It is strange how a lot of those injuries seem to heal up as soon as training camp is over.

3 years ago

How about Cole Gardner, Cole Boozer, and Mitch Unrein?

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3 years ago

From what I could gather on Twitter today.

Bucs had encouraging returns from injuries today: G Ali Marpet, S Justin Evans, DT Beau Allen, OG Caleb Benenoch, OT Cole Boozer, OT Leonard Wester all practicing today.

Not practicing today for Bucs: WR Mike Evans, CB M.J. Stewart, LB Devante Bond, S Keith Tandy, DT Vita Vea, DT Mitch Unrein, OT Donovan Smith, OT Cole Gardner and LB Kendell Beckwith.

3 years ago

Just a couple minutes before the end of the 2nd quarter, it appeared to me Winston took a pop on hs throwing shoulder; anybody notice it besides me?

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