Hargreaves, Sims, Gholston back at Bucs practice Monday
Two days after the Bucs practiced without 12 players on Saturday, five of those players were back and working out Monday as the Bucs prepare for a busy week of joint practices and Saturday night's game at the Jaguars.
Rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves, RB Charles Sims and DE Will Gholston were the biggest names back in pads and practicing -- Hargreaves had been held out of Saturday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Sims had been out since early last week after tweaking his ankle at Tropicana Field and Gholston had been excused since missing Thursday's preseason opener due to a family illness.
Rookie LB Cassanova McKinzy, who had missed two full weeks of practice with a hamstring injury, was back for the first time Monday, and rookie tackle Leonard Wester was back in pads as well, though newcomer Kelvin Palmer was working as the second-string left tackle.
Seven players remain sidelined -- OG J.R. Sweezy (back) and WR Louis Murphy (knee), who remain on the physically unable to perform list, and rookie guard Caleb Benenoch, out since the first week of camp with a left foot/ankle injury. TE Brandon Myers, who injured his knee in Thursday's game, did not practice, nor did long-snapper Andrew DePaola or Donovan Smith, who is recovering from the flu. Rookie safety Elijah Shumate, who has been limited by a wrist/hand injury, was not at Monday's practice.