By Kyra Hallett
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pretty healthy compared to other teams, even after losing three key players.
Bucs Returning Injuries
The Bucs may be getting a big player back in cornerback E.J. Biggers. He has been out since the first day of training camp after injuring his foot it in a collision with Arrelious Benn. The collision ended up breaking his foot and not giving him any game experience this season. He has been a full participate in practice for two weeks and is listed as probable for Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Biggers stayed in the game by being at practices, watched films and in meetings even though he could not do anything on the field. Like head coach Greg Schiano said, it is more mind over matter for him to fell like he can play. He’s at that point, but it is up to coach if he actually gets to play.
Cornerback, Anthony Gaitor has had set backs with his hamstring injury. He injured it in the preseason game versus the Tennessee Titans. He did not participate in practice this week or last and is listed as out for Sunday’s game.
Guard, Carl Nicks still has a tender toe. He jammed it in the game versus the Carolina Panthers. He was a full participant in practice this week and is listed as probable versus the Redskins. He has played with the injury and will continue to do so.
Bucs New Injuries
For the first time this year, linebacker Dekoda Watson and rookie cornerback and Clearwater native, Leonard Johnson is on the injury report.
Watson has a chest injury, was a full participant in practice and is listed as probable Sunday.
Johnson has a back injury, was a full participant in practice and is listed as probable versus the Redskins.
Wide receiver, Pierre Garcon was limited during practice with a foot injury and is listed as questionable.
Tackle, Trent Williams did not practice due to a knee injury and is listed as questionable.
Running back, Evan Royster was limited at practice due to a knee injury and is listed as probable.
Wide receiver, Brandon Banks was limited at practice due to a hip injury and is listed as questionable.
Wide receiver, Leonard Hankerson fulling participated despite having a back injury and is listed as probable.
Cornerback, Cedric Griffin did not practice due to a hamstring injury and is out for Sunday.
Safety, Brandon Meriweather was limited in practice with a knee injury and is listed as probable.
Schiano said that the Bucs have “played winning football at times.” They will become a “good football team when we become consistent.” He also confirmed that new receiver, Roscoe Parrish, will return punts Sunday and Benn will continue to return kick-offs. Schiano also hinted that the team may have a defensive player on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III at all times but would not confirm or say who it would be, he just said it is in the playbook.
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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.