DE Ayers, TEs Stocker, Myers back at Bucs practice
The Bucs got three injured players back at practice Thursday, as DE Robert Ayers and TEs Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers returned to drills for the first time, while six Bucs players remain out with injuries.
DT Gerald McCoy (calf), RB Doug Martin (hamstring), RB Charles Sims (knee), DE Noah Spence (shoulder), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and S Keith Tandy (undisclosed) were all not practicing, suggesting the Bucs will be extremely shorthanded when they play Monday night at Carolina. Spence said before practice that he dislocated his right shoulder in Sunday's loss to Denver and suffered a slight tear to his labrum but didn't know when he would return to practice. McCoy, perhaps the most significant of the injuries, has a calf strain but is still said to be a possibility to play Monday.
With Martin and Sims still sidelined, if the Bucs have only two healthy running backs on roster for Monday in starter Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Peyton Barber, they may need to promote rookie Russell Hansbrough from the practice squad for depth. Hansbrough was with the Bucs in preseason but was cut from the practice squad three weeks ago, only rejoining the team Wednesday.