Bucs' Vincent Jackson returns to practice, tests knee
Receiver Vincent Jackson, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury, returned to practice Thursday but appeared to be limited to some individual drills.
However, it's a good sign for the Bucs, who haven't had their veteran receiver since he injured his knee in a 31-30 loss to the Washington Redskins Oct. 25.
"It's good to get the guys back there doing something,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "You want as many options as possible.
"He was limited today. Yesterday, (Jackson) wasn't able to do anything. Today, he was able to get a few reps and able to run around a little bit, which is a step in the right direction.''
It's the most games Jackson has missed with an injury since his rookie season in 2005.
Without Jackson, the Bucs have put a heavy workload on receiver Mike Evans, who has been targeted 32 times in the past two games. The Bucs have scored two offensive touchdowns in the last two games, both of them coming on runs by QB Jameis Winston.
The only player not practicing Thursday was DE George Johnson (right calf).