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Stroughter Now Officially On Injured Reserve, But Cowboys Are The Ones Hurting

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By Kyra Hallett

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made quite a few moves this week in the receiver position, most notably to scramble to cover for the loss of one of their big names.  Jordan Shipley, Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu are all new faces on the receiving corps.

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Kick return specialist and receiver Sammie Stroughter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is now on IR (Credit= J. Meric/Getty Images)

Bucs Injuries-Receivers

The Bucs re-signed Jordan Shipley after Sammie Stroughter injured his foot in the game against the New York Giants.  At the time the Bucs re-signed Shipley, they were not sure how serious Stroughter’s foot was.

Stroughter is now placed in the IR (Injured Reserve) and may need surgery.

After placing Stroughter on the IR, the Bucs signed rookie Chris Owusu from the San Diego Chargers practice squad.  Head coach Greg Schiano feels that Owusu can help the receiving core.

The Bucs also re-signed Tiquan Underwood and released Preston Parker.  Parker injured his foot in the game against the New York Giants but also didn’t seem to be fitting in with what the Bucs are looking for.

The addition of these three receivers will help the depth at wide receiver behind Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn.  Schaino feels these three have different levels of speed and bring three unique skill sets.

Shipley will take over as the new punter returner this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys.  Benn will continue to return kicks.  Several of the receivers have experience as a returner so in the future, Schaino may mix it up.

He will also decide which receiver will be active on Sunday, it could be all six.

Bucs Remaining Injuries

Cornerback, E.J. Biggers, has still not played since injuring his foot on the first day of practice.  He broke a bone in his foot, breaking-up a play with Benn.  He fully participated in practice and is listed as probable for the game Sunday.  Biggers has not played so far, so his absence should not continue to be an issue.  The Bucs have been working around the situation but when they do get Biggers back, it will be a big help.

Cornerback, Anthony Gaitor, has not played since pulling his hamstring in the preseason game against the Titans.  He did not practice this week and is out against the Cowboys.  Gaitor has not played so far and it has not hurt the Bucs.  He is a good player but they don’t seem to be missing him right now.

Cornerback, Eric Wight, hurt his back in the game versus the Giants.  He was a full participate in practice and is listed as probable for Sunday.  Wright was one of the three players to get an interception off of Eli Manning last week and could hurt the Bucs if he does not play.

Linebacker, Quincy Black, injured his back in the game versus the Giants.  He was a full participate in practice and is listed as probable against the Cowboys.  If he does not play, look for Dekoda Watson to start who took over for Black last week.

Tackle, Jeremy Trueblood, injured his ankle in practice last week.  He did not play against the Giants.  He was a full participate in practice and is listed as probable for Sunday.  Last week, Demar Dotson got the start at right tackle and will again this week.  Schiano said, he “gives us the best chance to will this week.”

Defensive end, Adrian Clayborn is on the injury list but it is not injury related.  Defensive coach, Bill Sheridan reported the other day that Clayborn was not at practice due to a family emergency.  He was a full participate in practice and is listed as probable for Sunday.  It could hurt the team if Clayborn does not play but George Johnson is listed as his back up.

Cowboy Injuries

Tight end, Jason Witten, abdomen, full participate in practice, listed probable for Sunday.

Wide receiver, Andre Holmes, knee, full participate in practice, full participate in practice, listed probable for Sunday.

Safety, Barry Church, quadricep, full participate in practice, listed probable for Sunday.

Linebacker, Kyle Wilber, thumb, full participate in practice, listed probable for Sunday.

Cornerback, Mike Jenkins, shoulder, full participate in practice, listed probable for Sunday.

Wide receiver, Miles Austin, hamstring, full participate in practice, listed probable for Sunday.

Linebacker, DeMarcus Ware, hamstring, full participate in practice, listed probable for Sunday.

Linebacker, Sean Lee, hip, limited participation in practice, listed as probable for Sunday.

Defensive tackle, Marcus Spears, knee, limited participation in practice, listed as questionable for Sunday.

Safety, Gerald Sensabaugh, cafe, did not participate in practice, listed as doubtful for Sunday.

Safety, Matt Johnson, hamstring, did not participate in practice, out for Sunday.

Defensive tackle, Kenyon Coleman, knee, did not participate in practice, out for Sunday.

Defensive tackle, Jay Ratliff, ankle, did not participate in practice, out for Sunday.

Linebacker, Alex Albright, neck, did not participate in practice, out for Sunday.

Center, Phil Costa, back, did not participate in practice, out for Sunday.

The Cowboys have more injuries than the Bucs which could help the Bucs out, especially with some of the Cowboys key players being banged up.

For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest Bucs news, see CBS Sports Tampa Bay.

Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.

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