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Three out for Bucs, Seferian-Jenkins uncertain

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The Bucs wrapped up practice Friday in preparation for Sunday's home game against the Giants, and while three players will miss the game with injuries, there's no word on whether TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will play.

"He's making progress," coach Lovie Smith said. "When a guy is ready to go and can protect himself, we'll get him onto the football field. We'll see how it is with him."

The Bucs will be without WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Jacquies Smith (ankle) and S Major Wright (hamstring), who have not practiced all week. Safety D.J. Swearinger, who suffered a toe injury in Thursday's practice, did not practice again Friday and is unlikely to play Sunday.

The Bucs have the option of activating tackle Demar Dotson from the short-term injured reserve list -- he's missed the first seven games with a knee injury. But with depth concerns elsewhere due to injuries, the Bucs would have to cut a player to add Dotson, so they can activate him next week and stick with Gosder Cherilus at right tackle for now.

"(There) hasn't been any setbacks or anything like that," Smith said. "Demar Dotson is a good football player and in time, he'll get back out there. Exactly when that is we still don't know."

George Johnson is expected to start for Smith at defensive end, and the Bucs will rely heavily on rookies Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries, who were the No. 2 and 3 receivers last week. Having Wright and Swearinger both out leaves the Bucs with three healthy safeties, but they've leaned heavily on starters Bradley McDougald and Chris Conte, with Keith Tandy as the only healthy backup.

Three defensive linemen who have been limited in practice -- DT Gerald McCoy, DE Will Gholston and DT Tony McDaniel -- all practiced Friday and are expected to be active Sunday.

[Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2015 2:50pm]

    

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