Logan Mankins back at practice for Bucs
Another day, another key starter back at practice Thursday as left guard Logan Mankins, who missed the Bucs' last game with a groin injury, practiced for the first time in two weeks.
Mankins returning to practice is an encouraging sign for his chances to play Sunday at Washington, and backup linebacker Bruce Carter, who had missed Wednesday's practice with a thigh injury, was also back practicing Thursday. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins remains out with a shoulder injury, increasing the odds that he'll miss a fourth straight game, and backup DT Tony McDaniel was held out with a groin injury.
Backup tackle Reid Fragel, who suffered a head injury at Wednesday's practice, was not in attendance Thursday -- if he is under concussion protocol, he's unlikely to play Sunday, though if Mankins is healthy that would allow Kevin Pamphile to move back into his role as the backup at both tackle spots.
McDaniel's injury could make it more likely that the Bucs would activate Akeem Spence from the physically unable to perform list -- he is practicing this week for the first time since underdoing back surgery in July.