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Bucs optimistic about Jackson playing vs the Bills

Vincent Jackson returned to practice Friday but was limited after missing the past two days with a hamstring strain.

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Vincent Jackson returned to practice Friday but was limited after missing the past two days with a hamstring strain.

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The Bucs are 'optimistic, cautiously,' about receiver Vincent Jackson playing in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Jackson returned to practice Friday but was limited after missing the past two days with a hamstring strain. Coach Greg Schiano it will be a game time decision regarding Jackson's availability against the Bills.

"He did some things,'' Schiano said Friday. "It’ll be up to him. He knows his body. He knows if he can do it or not and he desperately wants to help us win. He and I have talked and he’ll let me know.''

Jackson is the Bucs leader in receptions (61) and receiving yards (963) this season. At 30, his experience will enable him to be effective taking mostly mental reps in practice, Schiano said.

"A guy like Vincent can because he’s got so many cumulative reps and he works so hard when he gets out there,'' Schiano said. "Our biggest job with Vincent is pulling him back during the week. We have to limit his reps because he just goes all out in practice every time he runs a route and then he finishes the route for about 30 yards and then he runs all the way back. (Receivers coach) John Garrett has done a good job of limiting his reps, because we know he’s going to go that way, which we love – but limiting his reps so he’s ready on Sunday. So a week where he doesn’t do a lot isn’t a bad thing for Vincent so long as the game plan hasn’t totally changed to where he doesn’t know what we’re doing. But we don’t do that.’’

 

 

 

[Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 2:07pm]

    

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