Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs: Alterraun Verner returns to practice

Injury updates

CB Alterraun Verner, sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring injury suffered on the first weekend of training camp, was in full pads to return to practice Sunday. He took part only in individual drills.

"Just taking it back slowly, seeing how I feel," said Verner, who said he will be evaluated day by day with no specific timetable for returning to full contact.

"We're all gearing for that season opener, but I'd definitely like to get back sooner. We're going to see though."

Another top corner, Mike Jenkins, has missed a week with a hamstring injury. Johnthan Banks is holding down one starting spot, with Rashaan Melvin and Danny Gorrer splitting time on the other side.

"I think they're all taking advantage of the opportunity to get more reps," Verner said. "Each person has been doing something very impressive to me."

Safety Dashon Goldson (above), who missed Friday's preseason-opening loss to the Jaguars as he recovers from offseason foot surgery, said he might play Saturday in the home preseason opener against the Dolphins.

"I think I'm on pace to," Goldson said. "Due to the guys that are banged up, I think the guys have been stepping up big time. We've got a lot of young guys doing a lot of things for us."

Special guest

Jefferson High football player Ernest Mills, who was honored by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission at its Sneaker Soiree in June as a community hero, attended practice as a guest of coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht. Mills, who suffered serious burns over much of his body when he was 2 years old, will be a senior cornerback.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Training camp

When: Through Thursday

Where: One Buc Place

Public workouts

Today: 4:30-7 p.m.

Tuesday: 4:30-7 p.m.

Thursday: 2-4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Tickets: buccaneers.com, (813) 870-2700

Note: Times subject to change. For the latest updates, see buccaneers.com.

Preseason schedule

Saturday: vs. Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8 *

Aug. 23: at Bills, 4:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 28: vs. Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8 *

* Subject to blackout

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