The Buccaneers need all the help they can get on the offensive line and got a bit of good news on Thursday, as six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins returned to practice three days after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s 20-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers in their home opener.
When the injury first occurred in the second quarter last Sunday, many feared it was serious and could cause Mankins to miss considerable time, thus weakening an already struggling unit. Mankins has not been available to the media this week but was dressed and out working with the first-team offense during the brief media-viewing period on Thursday.
The Buccaneers offense struggled through the first three quarters on Sunday and failed to produce any points until late in the game. Much of that was due to inconsistent line play and no running game to speak of, in addition to two poorly thrown balls from quarterback Josh McCown that were intercepted by the Panthers.
Tampa Bay received some additional good news when running back Doug Martin, who also suffered a knee injury on Sunday against Carolina, was seen practicing with his teammates on Thursday.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) did not participate on Thursday, along with defensive end Michael Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Rashaan Melvin.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Well that’s certainly good news. We need all three of those guys that are still hurt though.
Good news. I hope Mankins actually plays. Go Bucs
Great to hear, Need all the horses ready!
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