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Bucs' Crabtree out for Sunday, top WRs questionable



TAMPA -- Bucs receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday with injuries, took part in Friday's drills but are questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona, coach Greg Schiano said.

Williams, limited by a hamstring, had expressed confidence Thursday that he'd be able to play, saying the same about Jackson, who left last week's game at New England with an injury to his ribs. Schiano said tight end Tom Crabtree, who hasn't played this season after spraining his ankle last month, still isn't healthy and will miss Sunday's game.

One new addition to the Bucs' injury list Friday is second-year safety Mark Barron, the team's leading tackler, who was limited Friday by a hamstring injury but is listed as probable for Sunday.

With Crabtree out, Luke Stocker placed on injured reserve this week and Danny Noble released, the Bucs are even more limited at tight end, where Nate Byham is likely to start. Rookie Tim Wright is the only other tight end on roster, though fullback Erik Lorig could help there if necessary.

And offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, who started the opener at left guard in Carl Nicks' absence, will miss a third straight game due to an illness that's kept him from practicing for more than two weeks. Schiano said his illness is "certainly something significant," but is not related to the MRSA infections that sidelined Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes last month.

QUICK CHANGE: New Bucs receiver Dan Buckner, signed to the practice squad Wednesday, spent the offseason as an undrafted rookie with the Cardinals, then was on the team's practice squad last week until being cut Saturday. With Arizona training in Bradenton this week, he had already had his football gear shipped to Tampa and had a flight booked here, even before he signed with the Bucs.

"I'd been there for a while. The strangest part was last Friday, I packed my stuff on the bus to be sent out here, so most of my equipment was already headed to Tampa," he said. "It's a family atmosphere here. That's one of the things they preach, one of the first things they told me. It's a home here. It's all business, but you don't have to be miserable while you're in the locker room."

GOOD START: Schiano wouldn't say whether he'd have running back Jeff Demps on the active roster for Sunday's game, but he likes what he's seen from the former Gators football player and sprinter.

"He seems to be a great teammate, unselfish, jumped in here in those first couple of weeks ... did anything that was asked of him," Schiano said. "I don't know a lot about track and field, but I know it's more individualized and he's just jumped in and become a great teammate, so I'm thrilled with just his mindset, his approach."

[Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 4:22pm]


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