Wednesday, Oct. 31
Injury update, 3:17 p.m.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden had nothing new to add to the injury report on Wednesday, except that DE Greg Spires did not practice. Also, LB Quincy Black was limited during practice.
Other injured Bucs include WR Michael Clayton, DE Patrick Chukwurah, CB Brian Kelly, RB Michael Pittman and DE Alex Smith.
Also, no update on a kickoff returner, either. Gruden mentioned that Michael Bennett and Phillip Buchanon were possibities, but thin depth at both position might force the Bucs to look in another direction.
Check out who's working out for Bucs, 10:44 a.m.
We were one of the first news outlets to report that the Buccaneers auditioned a pair of kickoff returners on Tuesday at One Buc Place. We had the story, thanks to a league source, at midnight. Who were they? Find out in this premium piece. I think the Bucs will sign one of these two because they have an open roster spot.
Defensive grades, 10:42 a.m.
I continue my midseason gradebook with a player-by-player grading of the Buccaneers defensive players, a premium piece you can read by clicking here. If you missed part one — the offensive grades — catch up by clicking here.
A face race, 10:40 a.m.
We all know about "Chucky," AKA Jon Gruden. But what about South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt? His facial contortions are giving the Bucs head coach a run for his money. Check it out in this article at TBO.com.
More injuries to deal with, 10:38 a.m.
This article in the St. Petersburg Times details the myriad of injuries the Buccaneers have had to deal with this season — and continue to deal with this week, as they've now lost Torrie Cox for the season. Find out more in this article at Tampabay.com.
Good news, 10:36 a.m.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King still likes the Buccaneers to win the NFC South. Why? He explains in this article at Si.com.
Lucas on waivers, 12:09 a.m.
Found out late Tuesday that the Bucs plan to put wide receiver Chad Lucas on waivers, according to a league source. He didn't do much in his one shot on Sunday, returning one kickoff and seeing a few plays at wide receiver. Perhaps this means Michael Clayton is close to returning.
Nickerson on HOF list, 12:07 a.m.
The NFL announced Tuesday that former Bucs linebacker Hardy Nickers is on the initial list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is one of 124 players, coaches and league contributors that will be considered later this year for 25 semifinals spots.