Hargreaves among 11 Bucs players held out with injuries
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter stresses that none of the injuries should be anything longterm, but 10 players -- including first-round cornerback Vernon Hargreaves -- were held out Saturday as the Bucs practiced for the first time since Thursday's preseason opener at the Eagles.
Hargreaves, whose injury wasn't specified, watched practice with a bucket hat on -- TE Brandon Myers (knee) was also sidelined, as were OT Leonard Wester, safety Elijah Shumate and long-snapper Andrew DePaola, all with unspecified injuries. Those join five who were held out of Thursday's game in RB Charles Sims (ankle), LB Cassanova McKinzy (hamstring) and OL Caleb Benenoch (ankle/foot). The Bucs have WR Louis Murphy (knee) and OG J.R. Sweezy (back) still on the physically unable to perform list and haven't had either practice in the offseason.
LT Donovan Smith wasn't practice, home with the flu, and DE Will Gholston, who was excused from Thursday's game due to a family illness, remained away from the team, though Koetter said he expected him back Monday.
"We've got some guys that are a little banged up," Koetter said. "It's a Saturday practice. Players have tomorrow off. I would expect to be in pretty good shape on Monday. That's going to happen."
With Smith out, the Bucs had Kevin Pamphile working as the first-team left tackle, with Evan Smith taking his place as the first-team left guard. With Wester also sidelined, the Bucs had Kelvin Palmer -- who just joined the team last week -- working as the second-team left tackle.