Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs still have plenty to play for

TAMPA — DT Gerald McCoy said while the Bucs have been eliminated from playoff contention, they still have much to play for in the final four games this season.

"We're not going to the playoffs. It's a fact. So what?" McCoy said. "Are we going to lay down, or are we going to finish off strong? We have four more weeks to leave our mark on 2013. What are we going to do with it? It's up to us."

McCoy said it's important to establish positive momentum for the offseason, remembering last year's season-ending win against Atlanta that ended a five-game losing streak.

"Same thing: Our last four games, how we finish this season, that's the first thing you're going to talk about next year," McCoy said. "We've got four more guaranteed opportunities to leave our mark. We have to refocus and prepare to be able to do that."

INJURY UPDATE: WR Vincent Jackson missed the early portion of Wednesday's practice. Coach Greg Schiano said Jackson has a hamstring issue but believes it's nothing serious. He pointed out Jackson, like another veteran, RG Davin Joseph, was supposed to get an extra day off anyway.

"We're getting into the fourth quarter of the season, and some of the guys have played a lot of football," Schiano said. "We've got to give them a third day or a Wednesday to get some extra rehab."

Meanwhile, CB Darrelle Revis, who left Sunday's game due to a chest/shoulder injury, practiced and seems likely to play Sunday against the Bills.

Schiano also said there should be an update soon on LG Carl Nicks, who has missed most of the season with a foot injury and MRSA infection.

Though Nicks hasn't been seen in the locker room during media availability, Schiano said he is in Tampa and the two are in touch often.

REUNION: K Rian Lindell, who spent 10 years with the Bills, said it will feel odd to kick against them Sunday.

"It's exciting," said Lindell, 36, who was cut in August. "I've been on that sideline for so long, it'll be odd to see that uniform from across the (field). It was certainly something when I came down (to Tampa). I saw we were playing them, thought 'That will be cool.' Here it is."

Lindell is the most accurate kicker in Bills history, hitting 83 percent of his field goals, including 21 of 24 last season. Buffalo intended to give the kicking job to sixth-round pick (and former Florida State Seminole) Dustin Hopkins. But he has missed the entire season with a groin injury. Dan Carpenter, signed after the Dolphins cut him, is 23-of-25.

"I have no one to blame but me," Lindell said.

"The organization gave me so much. I don't have any ill will toward anybody. If I would have made my kicks and hit my kickoffs better, things might have been different."

ROSTER UPDATE: The Bucs put LB Jonathan Casillas on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury and signed former UConn LB Danny Lansanah off of the Jets' practice squad.

Lansanah hasn't played an NFL game since getting two tackles on special teams as a rookie with the Packers in 2008.

Casillas is the 14th Bucs player put on injured reserve, a league high.

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