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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Buccaneers Injury Update: Lavonte David, Michael Johnson, Charles Sims


By on 11/08/2014 08:00:00 AM

Injuries have played a major role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lack of success during the 2014 season. In a week nine match-up against the Cleveland Browns, the Bucs were so decimated by injury that only two runningbacks were active.


This week, Charles Sims (ankle), a rookie who was recently activated from the injured reserve/designated for return, and fullback Jorvorskie Lane, who is returning from a two-game suspension are expected to play. They will join Bobby Rainey and Mike James in the backfield, while Doug Martin remains doubtful with an ankle injury.

Unfortunately, it has not been just the running backs who have faced injury, and this week the report contained ten names. Along with Martin, left tackle Anthony Collins (foot), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (knee), and cornerback Alterraun Verner (hamstring) all missed practice this week. They are expected to miss this week’s match against the Atlanta Falcons.

Luckily, Jackson along with linebacker Lavonte David (knee), and defensive end Michael Johnson (hand) were only limited, and while officially listed as questionable, each has a solid chance at playing Sunday.

Also on the bright side, quarterback Josh McCown has finally healed from a thumb injury that sidelined him for seven weeks. Mike Glennon, the quarterback of the future, will back-up McCown going forward, as he struggled in the stead of his predecessor. 

The Bucs are 1-7 entering week ten, and desperately need to show improvement, or Lovie Smith could go the way of former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski. They face an especially tough task as they go up against a talented Atlanta passing offense without their top corner.

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