Buccaneers right guard Davin Joseph returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since his breaking his foot in the second preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Rookie guard Jeremy Zuttah replaced Joseph in the lineup for the first three games of the season. Joseph could play this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, but it is unclear at this time.
"Don't know yet, we'll have to see how the week goes," said Joseph. "I feel good. I feel good in general. Hopefully everything works out all right."
Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden discussed the return of Joseph and what he was able to do in his first practice since mid-August.
"Davin Joseph returned to practice," said Gruden. "His role in this game will be decided late in the week. He was in a full capacity.
"We've been cautious. He wouldn't be out there practicing and preparing to play this week if there was any potential that he would have a setback. We've been very cautious and have done the right thing. The injury has healed, and we will see how he feels tomorrow after a pretty good practice today."
Gruden also updated the status of other injured Buccaneers. Fullback B.J. Askew pulled a hamstring and defensive tackle Ryan Sims pulled a groin. They incurred their injuries during the physical overtime battle with Chicago. Wide receiver Joey Galloway missed the contest with a foot injury.
"We got a number of people injured, and still some lingering soreness from the game," said Gruden. "B.J. Askew did not practice today. His status is obviously questionable at best at this point. Derrick Brooks (hamstring) did not practice. Warrick Dunn did not practice. Brian Griese was on the practice field limited. He is still sore a little bit from the game and is expected to practice tomorrow. Joey Galloway (foot) did not practice and his status is still much in question for the game."
Some of the Bucs veterans were held out of practice for normal rest and recovery. Others were held out for non-injury related reasons. Those players were: Griese, Dunn, kicker Matt Bryant, and punter Josh Bidwell. Brooks is still recovering from a hamstring pull as well.
The Bucs likely will use FB Byron Storer in place of Askew if he can't go vs. the Packers, but Tampa Bay has also expressed serious interest in free agent FB Cecil Sapp, according to ESPN.
Sapp (5-11, 236) has carried the ball 49 times for 223 yards (4.6 avg.) and two touchdowns while catching 24 passes for 102 yards and one score in nine career starts with Denver from 2003-07. Sapp could visit the Bucs sometime next week.
Nickel cornerback Aqib Talib was out with a hamstring injury against Chicago, but returned to practice Wednesday. Talib had full participation in practice, and felt he would play this week against the Packers.
"Yeah, I should be ready to go," said Talib. Reporters mentioned to Talib that he said the same thing last week. The rookie cornerback joked in response.
"I'm going to tell you that every week," said Talib laughing. "Get used to it." PACKERS INJURY REPORT The Green Bay Packers had the following players listed on the injury report. Out for practice and the upcoming game was cornerback Al Harris with a spleen injury. Not participating in practice was safety Atari Bigby (hamstring), fullback Korey Hall (knee), running back Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring), and cornerback Charles Woodson (toe). Limited in practice were tackle Chad Clifton (knee), safety Nick Collins (back), wide receiver James Jones (knee), safety Aaron Rouse (knee), and guard Josh Sitton (knee).
STAT CHANGE The Elias Sports Bureau announced a stat change from Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. With 6:12 remaining in the second quarter the Bucs Kevin Carter was credited with a sack of Bears quarterback Kyle Orton. The stat was changed to defensive end Carter getting half a sack with the other half going to defensive tackle Ryan Sims. On the season Carter now has one sack and Sims has 0.5 sacks. GLAZER FAMILY FOUNDATION TO SPONSOR SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE The Glazer Family Foundation will help students in need by sponsoring the sixth annual School Supply Drive on Sunday, Sept. 28 for the Bucs' home game vs. the Green Bay Packers.
Some of the items that are needed include colored pencils, composition notebooks, copy paper, crayons, filler paper, glue sticks, markers, pencils and rulers.
Fans are encouraged to bring school supplies to Raymond James Stadium between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can drop off donated school supplies at all gates and Club entrances.