Alstott and Royals Return to Practice

August 21 - Tampa Bay welcomed the return of Pro Bowl FB Mike Alstott and P Mark Royals to practice on Tuesday. Both players were injured in the first week of training camp. Although Alstott and Royals are practicing, they will not likely play against New England on Saturday night.

Pro Bowl FB Mike Alstott and P Mark Royals were the first two players to start a chain of injuries during training camp. But now, the Bucs are hoping they will set a new trend with their return to practice on Tuesday.

Royals was the first to go down, suffering a right knee sprain on July 31 when he was run into by one of his teammates during a punt drill.

Alstott was sidelined on August 3, when he strained a hamstring during practice.

Alstott and Royals practiced for the first time since suffering their injuries. Tampa Bay's training camp has ended, so the Buccaneers are holding practices at One Buccaneer Place.

Alstott participated in individual drills for about one hour on Tuesday afternoon. The A-Train will not likely play against New England this Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium, but should be able to play in the Bucs' preseason finally at Atlanta on August 31.

Royals punted throughout the afternoon on Tuesday, but he is also not expected to play against New England.

In other injury news, LB Marq Cerqua (shoulder dislocation), G Russ Hochstein (broken foot) and DE Marcus Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Tuesday.


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