Not so fast: Key injured Bucs still not practicing
The Bucs returned to the practice field Monday morning after a full five days off during their bye week, but several key players hoping to return from injury were not yet back on the practice field.
RB Doug Martin (hamstring), DT Gerald McCoy (calf), DE Robert Ayers (ankle) and DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) were not at practice, and OG J.R. Sweezy, eligible to practice for the first time after spending six weeks on the physically unable to perform list with a back injury, was also not in attendance. Monday's workout is essentially an extra workout on top of the normal game-week preparation for a Sunday game, so they could return as normal Wednesday.
There was encouraging news with some players returning -- WR Louis Murphy practiced for the first time since undergoing ACL surgery in November. WR Cecil Shorts practiced for the first time in four weeks recovering from a hamstring injury, and TE Luke Stocker was back after missing three games with an ankle injury.
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson was a spectator at practice, which could simply be a veteran's day off or could be injury-related.