Mankins, ASJ, Carter watching at Bucs practice
Using their bye week to rest up injuries, the Bucs had only three players sidelined from Wednesday's practice, with TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) and LG Logan Mankins (groin) joined by backup linebacker Bruce Carter, who was sidelined with an unknown injury.
Seferian-Jenkins had expressed hope he could play Sunday after missing the last three games, and he was busy before practice, throwing and catching with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Mankins is two weeks removed from his injury, which ended a personal streak of 40 consecutive games played, with backup tackle Kevin Pamphile filling in well in his place.
Carter was signed this spring to be the team's middle linebacker, but rookie Kwon Alexander took that job in preseason, so Carter's main role has been on special teams, while backing up Danny Lansanah at strongside linebacker.
The rest of the Bucs who missed the Jaguars game with injury -- CB Johnthan Banks, WR Russell Shepard, TE Luke Stocker and C Evan Smith -- were back at practice Wednesday. Even DT Akeem Spence and RT Demar Dotson, who returned to practice Tuesday after being sidelined the first six weeks with injuries, were back practicing as well. Spence could come off the physically-unable-to-play list this week, but the Bucs have a three-week window to make a decision to might not rush that move; Dotson must sit out two more games before he can return from short-term injured reserve.