Buccaneers Are In Good Shape Heading Into Chiefs
By Kyra Hallett
With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming off the bye week, they are pretty healthy. The team only has a handful of injuries and none are too serious. The Bucs were able to work on a few things and heal on their week off. The few injuries the Bucs have include two on the offensive line. The O-line needs to be strong if the Bucs are going to continue to run the ball as often as they did in the first four games. The Kansas City Chiefs on the other hand have three times as many injuries than the Bucs including their starting quarterback.
Ealier in the week, the Bucs placed cornerback Anthony Gaitor on the Injured Reserve-Designated for Return list. Gaitor continues to struggle with his hamstring injury but should be able to return sometime this season, at least the Bucs hope so by putting him on the return list. He must be on the Injured Reserve-Designated for Return list for six weeks before practicing with the team for two weeks and then he can join the 53-man roster. The Bucs promoted linebacker Jacob Cutrera to the 53-man roster and cornerback LeQuan Lewis and defensive end Aaron Morgan to the practice squad.
Gaitor’s hamstring injury has been nagging him since preseason in week two when they faced the Tennessee Titans. The team has not shown that they have missed Gaitor that much due to the Bucs depth in defensive backs.
Defensive tackle, Roy Millier was limited at practice with a back injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. At Friday’s practice he was much better said head coach Greg Schiano. Miller is suffering from back spasms after suffered a freak injury at home.
Guard, Carl Nicks still has a sore toe. He was a full participate in practice and is listed as probable versus the Chiefs. Nicks suffered the injury in Week One against the Carolina Panthers. His toed got jammed but he has been playing through the pain. Expect him to be in Sunday unless he has a major set back.
Tackle, Jeremy Trueblood was a full participate in practice after missing Monday’s practice due to illness. He is listed as probable for Sunday. Trueblood has not been starting the last few weeks, Demar Dotson has taken over his spot but Trueblood may get the nod at right guard. Coach Schiano said that the starter will be announced on game day.
Cornerback, Eric Wright was a full participate and is listed as probable versus the Chiefs despite taking a knee to the head in Week Four. Wright left that game versus the Washington Redskins and did not return. There were rumors that he might have a concussion but Schiano insisted that Wright would be ready for the Chiefs. If Wright does not play, the Bucs would miss him. He has 15 tackles and one interception for a touchdown so far this season. His replacement in the game was E.J. Biggers, which was his first game back since his preseason foot injury. Biggers did have a good game, breaking up some big plays and getting one tackle.
The Chiefs will be without their staring quarterback, Matt Cassel due to a concussion he received in last weeks game versus the Baltimore Ravens. He is listed as out and has not practiced all week because the doctors have not cleared him.
Defensive end, Glenn Dorsey is also listed out with a calf injury. He did not participate in practice.
Running back, Peyton Hillis is out with an ankle injury and did not participate in practice.
Wide receiver, Devon Wylie is out with a hamstring injury and did not participate in practice.
Wide reciever, Jon Baldwin is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury and did not participate in practice.
Running back, Cyrus Gray is listed as questionable and did not participate in practice due to illness.
Defensive end, Ropati Pitoitua is listed a questionable with an elbow injury as was a full participant in practice.
Cornerback, Jalil Brown is listed a probable with a hamstring injury and was a full participant in practice.
Running back, Shaun Draughn is listed as probable with an ankle injury and was limited at practice.
Safety, Kendrick Lewis is listed as probable with a shoulder injury and was a full participant in practice.
Center, Ryan Lilja is listed as probable with a back injury and was limited at practice.
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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.