Limited in practice for the second straight day, Vincent Jackson’s status for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia remains uncertain at this point.
Jackson has been sidelined since injuring his knee in Week 7 against Washington.
“As soon as Vince is ready to go we’re ready for him,” head coach Lovie Smith said Friday after practice. “We have 48 hours or so before the game, and once you get close, every hour counts.”
While he couldn’t give a definitive answer on if Jackson will play, calling him a game-time decision, Smith can confidently say that the veteran wide receiver has made “a lot” of progress, not just from the time of the initial injury, but from Wednesday practice to Friday.
“I think you have all see him running around. He’s getting closer, which is right on schedule,” Smith said. “Hopefully he will be able to (go), but we’ll see.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Tampa Bay is also hoping to return Jacquies Smith. The team’s top defensive end has missed the past two games with an ankle injury and the Bucs have seen their pass rush decline as a result.
“He wasn’t 100 percent this week, but we have a little bit more time before the game,” Smith said. “He’s getting closer and that’s encouraging. Our rush hasn’t been exactly what we would like for it to be, so we need a guy like that as soon as possible.”
Other injury updates: Austin Seferian-Jenkins still hasn’t been cleared medically, though Smith said he’s doing “everything he’s supposed to do” and wants to get back on the field as soon as possible.
Evan Smith (knee) hasn’t been full-speed this week but hasn’t aggravated anything since Wednesday, either.
The only player officially listed as Out for Sunday’s game is defensive end George Johnson, who’s nursing a calf injury.
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I’m wondering if Dotson can play Guard if Marpet and Smith can’t go? I can’t figure it out with ASJ; somebody isn’t telling us what is really going on. Either put him on IR or play him.
If Jackson and Jacquies have improved to being game-time decisions, but are still held out for this Sunday, is it fair to expect them back next week?
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