Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs guard Jamon Meredith rolls ankle, status uncertain

TAMPA — The depth of the Bucs' offensive line is already razor thin because of injuries.

"We don't have that many more moves left," coach Greg Schiano said.

That made the sight of starting RG Jamon Meredith leaving the locker room on crutches Wednesday afternoon concerning. He was limited at practice after rolling an ankle. The severity of the injury was unknown.

Meredith, 26, who has played for four teams over four seasons, has started the past five games in helping replace Davin Joseph. Roger Allen, who has appeared in only three games over his four seasons and was promoted from the practice squad last month, is listed as Meredith's backup.

"If he's down, I guess it's 'next man up,' " RT Demar Dotson said. "That's been the motto of this team since we've been here. We've got a revolving door on this offensive line."

The "revolving door" has included sliding C Jeremy Zuttah to left guard after the season-ending injury to G Carl Nicks. But after a couple of physical games, including shutting down Raiders DT Richard Seymour, Zuttah was kept out of Wednesday's practice to rest. Schiano said he hopes Zuttah can return to practice today.

"He got bumped a little bit, his shoulder," Schiano said. "We've got to make sure to keep him healthy and get him to Sunday."

WITH HONORS: Ronde Barber is having a strong season in his first season at a new position, and it's not going unnoticed.

Barber is first among free safeties in fan voting for the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The former cornerback has played in five Pro Bowls, his most recent after the 2008 season. Pro Bowl rosters are chosen based on voting by fans, coaches and players. Players and coaches vote in December, and rosters are revealed Dec. 26.

Barber, 37, leads the Bucs in interceptions with three, including one returned 78 yards for a touchdown. He also has 50 tackles, fourth on the team. Fan balloting continues through Dec. 17 at nfl.com/probowl.

CATCHING ON: With rain in the forecast for Sunday's matchup in Carolina, Bucs receivers coach P.J. Fleck is doing his best to prepare his wideouts.

WR Mike Williams said Fleck dipped balls in water before throwing them — and the receivers couldn't use gloves.

"It (helps) actually," Williams said. "The balls are actually going to be that wet when you play in the rain."

ON TRACK: The team got encouraging news on the injury front as CB Eric Wright (Achilles) practiced. Wright aggravated the injury early in Sunday's game and did not return. Also back was WR Arrelious Benn, who was sidelined Sunday with a shoulder injury. DE Michael Bennett (shoulder) did not practice.

Roster moves: The team promoted DE Markus White from the practice squad. White, a seventh-round pick by the Redskins out of Florida State in 2011, saw action in two games as a rookie and one this season. He takes the roster spot of LB Quincy Black, who went on injured reserve with a neck injury. LB Joe Holland, an undrafted rookie out of Purdue, was signed to the practice squad.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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