Bucs could get RB Jacquizz Rodgers back this week
The Bucs continue to get key players back from injury, and RB Jacquizz Rodgers, out three games with a foot injury, could be next, as coach Dirk Koetter said Monday he could return to practice Wednesday.
"We'll see what Wednesday brings. I glanced outside and Jacquizz was out working on the field with trainers. We'll see," said Koetter, who said the topic of Rodgers' return came out as GM Jason Licht got a medical update Monday morning.
The Bucs have had starter Doug Martin back for the last two games after he missed six games with a hamstring injury, but Rodgers had two 100-yard games filling in for Martin and would add depth to the Bucs' running attack. Charles Sims, on injured reserve for the past six weeks with a knee injury, can return to practice this week, though he's not eligible to play until Week 14, after two more games.
Koetter was also hopeful the Bucs would soon get starting left guard Kevin Pamphile back after missing two games while in concussion protocol. The Bucs started first-year player Ben Gottschalk on Sunday, but he went down with a knee injury early Sunday, with rookie Caleb Benenoch stepping in for the rest of the game. Benenoch was "much improved," according to Koetter, who was also impressed to see Gottschalk handle himself at center and guard in back-to-back weeks.
TRANSACTION: With Gottschalk uncertain with a knee injury, the Bucs have signed former Illinois State offensive lineman Mike Liedtke to the practice squad, adding depth in practice. RB Russell Hansbrough was released from the practice squad to make room.