Bucs guard Logan Mankins held out of practice
Bucs guard Logan Mankins was held out of practice Thursday with a groin injury, with backup tackle Kevin Pamphile getting work at left guard in his place.
Mankins, who was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice, watched Thursday's practice with injured center Evan Smith (ankle) and tackle Demar Dotson (knee). The Bucs' only backup guards on roster -- Jeremiah Warren and Matt Masifilo -- have never played offensive line in an NFL game, and only sparingly on special teams.
"He hurt his groin a little bit in practice yesterday, so we held him out today,'' coach Lovie Smith said.
Also held out Thursday with injuries were CB Johnthan Banks (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), WR Russell Shepard (hamstring).
Smith would not say whether Pamphile is an option to play guard if Mankins is unable to play.
"Pamphile has had reps at tight end, at the wing, he's had reps a lot of different places so I wouldn't put too much (into it),'' Smith said. "We would never even talk about where one of our players was going to play that hadn't played there. But we like him as a player.''