WR Jackson, DE Smith, G Marpet, DB Verner sidelined
The Bucs returned to practice Wednesday afternoon, with four key players -- WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Jacquies Smith (ankle), G Ali Marpet (ankle) and DB Alterraun Verner (foot) -- sidelined as the team prepares for Sunday's home game against Dallas.
"We had a couple guys, a few more guys than normal, not practicing," coach Lovie Smith said, noting that DT Tony McDaniel was excused from practice today as well.
Verner had been checked for a concussion during Sunday's loss and was allowed to return to the game, but Smith said his absence was related to his foot, which "got a little sore, flared up a little bit after the game."
The Bucs put center Evan Smith in at right guard after Marpet's injury Sunday, and he was working there again Wednesday, saying before practice that he'll prepare as if he's starting at right guard this week. Marpet said his injury won't require surgery but didn't know how quickly he'd be able to return to practice or playing.
The team finished Sunday's game without three injured safeties -- Major Wright (hamstring) and D.J Swearinger (toe) were inactive with their injuries and Bradley McDougald left the game with a concussion, but all three were practicing in some capacity Wednesday. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has missed six straight games with a shoulder injury, practiced again as he has in the past two weeks, but he's still a question mark for Sunday's game due to the injury.