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Clayton has high ankle sprain



Got some mixed news on Michael Clayton to share.

After further examination on Monday, doctors did not find any ligament damage in his ankle after he injured it when he was tackled awkwardly against Detroit on Sunday. That's the good news.

The bad news is that Clayton does have a high ankle sprain, and those can be tricky. We're not sure what the exact timeline is on his projected return, but high ankle sprains tend to linger, often for weeks.

At this point, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Clayton out through the bye week. Returning to practice after the open date would give him three solid weeks of recovery time.

In the meantime, the Bucs are going to have to do something about their receiving corps. They've got just three healthy receivers (Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard and Maurice Stovall). They'll most likely bring up at least one receiver from the practice squad considering the trade deadline has passed and there is almost nothing out there in terms of free agency.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:51pm]


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