Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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David, Alexander, Ward, Tandy all back practicing for Bucs

The Bucs' first full practice since Thursday's loss to the Patriots brought big news on the injury front: linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander and safeties T.J. Ward and Keith Tandy were all back and practicing Wednesday afternoon, a promising first step toward returning to game action.

Alexander has missed three games with a hamstring injury, and David has missed the last two with a sprained ankle, with both safeties missing the Patriots game with hip injuries. That doesn't mean they'll all be able to play Sunday at Arizona, but head coach Dirk Koetter had hinted that the Bucs would get back key players on defense.

Bucs special-teams captain Josh Robinson, who had been in concussion protocol as recently as Wednesday morning, was also practicing in the afternoon, though that doesn't always indicate a player is completely out of protocol and cleared to play. Bucs defensive end Ryan Russell, who injured his shoulder against the Patriots, was not seen at practice.

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