Bucs Still Banged Up

October 17 – Although they're in better shape than they were this time last week, the Tama Bay Buccaneers are still a bit banged up. The Pewter Pirates have six players listed as injured, but only LB Jeff Gooch is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Buccaneer Magazine has the latest news on the Bucs injury front.

As of Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have six players on their injury report. Four of those players are starters while the other two provide depth on the team.

On offense, RB Warrick Dunn is still a bit hampered by his foot injury. Dunn is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Dunn was originally supposed to miss 3-4 weeks after leaving the game against Minnesota in the fourth quarter, but he has recovered much faster than originally anticipated and scored two of Tampa Bay's touchdowns against the Titans last week.

Wide receiver WR Jacquez Green is suffering from a groin injury, but is listed as probable for the Pittsburgh game.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Buccaneers have some good news and bad news. The most significant injury on the defense is LB Derrick Brooks' foot sprain. Brooks was obviously lingered by his injury when he played against Tennessee last Sunday. Brooks is expected to miss most of the practices this week and will be reevaluated on Friday. On Wednesday, Brooks was listed as questionable.

Bucs FS Dexter Jackson suffered a deep thigh contusion against Tennessee last Sunday and is listed as questionable. If Jackson cannot play against Pittsburgh, rookie FS John Howell will more than likely fill in at the starting free safety position like he did when Jackson had to leave the game against the Titans.

Tampa Bay LB Jeff Gooch was hurt in the Tennessee game as well, and although he is listed as doubtful, he will likely be out 3-4 weeks. Although Gooch provides depth at the linebacker position, his absence will be felt more on special teams, where he has been a guru.

The good news is DT James Cannida has been upgraded to probable and should be available for the Pittsburgh game on Sunday. Cannida has been sidelined with an MCL sprain since Aug. 31 when he suffered the injury in the Bucs preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

With the exception of LB Jeff Gooch, the Buccaneers are fairly confident all of the other injured Bucs players should play against the Steelers on Sunday.


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