TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins back practicing for Bucs
Good news on the injury front for the Bucs on Wednesday, as tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, out the past five weeks with a shoulder injury, returned to practice for the first time, potentially setting up a healthy return Sunday in Atlanta.
Seferian-Jenkins' return would be especially helpful as starting receiver Vincent Jackson is reportedly out multiple weeks with the knee injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Redskins. Jackson watched practice Wednesday, and fellow receiver Mike Evans talked about how much the Bucs will miss Jackson's presence on the field.
"Now we don't have that guy to throw it to," Evans said. "He's a leader for us, a captain, makes it so much easier for me, even since last year, he's like having an extra coach out there. We've got to do what we've got to do."
The Buc were without two defensive tackles Wednesday -- starter Clinton McDonald and backup Tony McDaniel both watched practice. McDonald had no injury specified but had his right shoulder iced after the game, while McDaniels missed the Redskins game with a groin injury. Offensive tackle Reid Fragel, who suffered a concussion in practice last week, remains sidelined as well as he is in the league's concussion protocol.
Receiver Russell Shepard, who has been inactive for the last three games with a hamstring injury, practiced Wednesday, as did Evan Smith, who has missed the last four games with an ankle injury.