Lynch, McFarland Questionable For Sunday's Game

October 9 – Tampa Bay began preparing Wednesday for its game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Buccaneers have five players in its infirmary, including starting strong safety John Lynch, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Lynch's status might be one reason why the Bucs signed S Dwayne Stukes to its practice squad on Wednesday. PewterReport.com has the latest news on the Bucs' injury front.

The Buccaneers have a handful of players in its infirmary, all of which are starters. Tampa Bay's two biggest concerns in terms of injured players are strong safety John Lynch and defensive tackle Anthony McFarland, who are both listed as questionable (50 percent chance of playing) for Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium.

Lynch suffered a right knee sprain against Atlanta last Sunday and didn't practice on Wednesday.

Lynch's injury prompted the Buccaneers to sign S Dwayne Stukes to its practice squad on Wednesday. In order to make room for Stukes on its five-man practice squad, Tampa Bay released tackle Dan Goodspeed. Stukes, who signed a one-year contract with Tampa Bay on July 26, was released on September 1. He was then signed to the practice squad on September 4 before being released on September 10. If Lynch can't start on Sunday, Bucs backup S John Howell will likely start in his place.

McFarland suffered a left foot sprain last Sunday in Atlanta and he didn't practice on Wednesday. If McFarland can't start against the Browns, backup DT Chartric Darby likely will start in his place.

Bucs right tackle Kenyatta Walker (left ankle sprain) was upgraded to probable (75 percent chance of playing) for Sunday's game and practiced with the team on Wednesday. Walker was injured on Sept. 23 and was scheduled to be out 4-6 weeks, but he's trying to return earlier than expected. Right tackle Cornell Green will remain in the starting lineup if Walker can't play on Sunday.

"We'll see how it feels (after practice)," said Walker. "I'll go out there and plant hard on it and see where it goes from there."

Bucs fullback Mike Alstott is listed as probable with a left ankle sprain, but he practiced on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay free safety Dexter Jackson, who suffered a left knee contusion last Sunday, is also listed as probable for the Bucs' game against the Browns this Sunday.


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