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McCoy, Cherilus, Jackson among new injured Bucs



The Bucs are dealing with more injuries than in recent weeks, with a handful of key players limited or held out of Wednesday's practice, most notably DT Gerald McCoy being limited by a hand injury and others sidelined -- RT Gosder Cherilus (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), LB Bruce Carter (concussion), DE Jacquies Smith (hamstring) and TE Luke Stocker (back).

"Longer injury list today," coach Lovie Smith said, declining to elaborate on the severity of the injuries until the NFL requires the Bucs to do so.

DE George Johnson, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury, remains sidelined, though safety Keith Tandy, who missed Sunday's game with a concussion, returned to practice Wednesday.

Cherilus has played every snap at right tackle this season, but if the Bucs are considering making a switch to last year's starter, Demar Dotson, it's news to him.

"I don't think anything's changed," said Dotson, who has been limited to special-teams work in three games since being activated off short-term injured reserve. "I think they're going forward with what they have. It's not a discussion they've had with me."

If guard Ali Marpet returns healthy this week after missing three weeks with an ankle injury, Dotson may be inactive, since Kevin Pamphile continues to be used as the team's backup tackle and sixth lineman in "heavy" packages.

"If that's what they do, that's something you can't control," Dotson said. "If Ali comes back healthy, they'll dress him and dress Kevin and Evan (Smith) as the swing guys, which would make more sense. At the end of the day, it's a tough position to be in, but that's the nature of the business."

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 3:59pm]


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