Several Bucs Are Banged Up After Win Over Vikings

October 29 – The Buccaneers suffered several injuries after their 41-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Defensive tackle Anthony McFarland's MCL sprain is the most significant injury, and Tampa Bay has several other injuries that are cause for concern for next Sunday's contest at Green Bay. Buccaneer Magazine has the latest news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' injury front.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers thrashed the Minnesota Vikings in Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, but several Bucs players were banged up in the battle.

The Buccaneers learned Monday afternoon that DT Anthony "Booger" McFarland will miss at least two weeks after he sprained his MCL in the first half of the Bucs-Vikings game on Sunday.

"Anthony McFarland has a MCL sprain that is similar to what Mike Alstott had last year," said head coach Tony Dungy. "It's not as serious, but he'll be probably out a couple of weeks."

Defensive tackle James Cannida will play in McFarland's place while he nurses his injury.

The other injury that worries the Bucs most is WR Keyshawn Johnson's (bone bruise). Tampa Bay's most productive offensive weapon this season is questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay, Johnson was injured with under 1:00 to go in the first half.

"Keyshawn Johnson has a bone bruise," said Dungy. "He's got great recuperative powers. It's going to be touch and go whether he'll go. But he seems to line up for us every week, so we're hoping he'll be able to."

Another starting defensive player's health status is up in the air. Defensive end Marcus Jones suffered a sprained elbow against Minnesota and will undergo an MRI to find out the severity of the injury.

"Marcus Jones has a left elbow stain," said Dungy. "That, we're getting an MRI on and trying to see exactly what's going on there."

If Jones is unable to play on Sunday, DE Steve White will start at the left defensive end position.

Bucs S Eric Vance (back strain) and MLB Nate Webster (shoulder) also sustained injuries against Minnesota and both may not be able to play this Sunday.

"Eric (Vance) may be out this week and Nate is going to be touch and go," said Dungy. "Those guys may or may not be able to play."

Bucs RB Warrick Dunn (hamstring) and WR Jacquez Green (groin) are still nursing injuries and Dungy says the team will have to wait and see how they do in practice this week in order to determine whether or not they will play against Green Bay. Dunn and Green did not play against Minnesota.

"We're going to try and get them running this week and see if they can go," said Dungy. ‘Warrick may be a little closer than Quez, but hopefully we'll have them both by the end of the week."

With the exception of McFarland, the rest of the Bucs players who are injured are listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay.


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