Knee injury likely to bench Vincent Jackson
TAMPA — Hopeful of getting back some key players from injury for Sunday’s game at San Francisco, the Bucs have learned they now may be without starting receiver Vincent Jackson.
Jackson, 33, suffered a knee injury in the Bucs’ 17-14 win at Carolina Oct. 10 and did not practice with the team Monday. The 12-year veteran is undergoing further testing today but it’s believed the injury is serious enough to force him to miss time on the playing field.
Entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $9.77 this season, Jackson is off to the slow start with 15 receptions for 173 yards and no touchdowns. Last season, Jackson sustained two knee injuries that enabled him to play in only 10 games.
With Jackson out, the Bucs had four receivers added to the practice field Monday. Louis Murphy, who missed the first five games on the Physically Unable to Perform list recovering from a torn ACL, has up to a three week roster exemption while he rehabs. Receiver Cecil Shorts also practiced for the first time in four weeks since suffering a hamstring injury. Donteea Dye and Freddie Martino were added to the practice squad.
Dye was waived injury in Aug. with a hamstring strain. He caught 11 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown last season.