Saturday, May 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Injured Buc Seferian-Jenkins will miss fourth straight game

TAMPA — The Bucs will play Sunday at Washington without at least three players because of injuries, most notably TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who will miss his fourth straight game with a shoulder injury.

Seferian-Jenkins was listed as out in Friday's injury report, as were two backup players, DT Tony McDaniel, who injured his groin Wednesday, and T Reid Fragel, who is in the league's concussion protocol after a head injury in Wednesday's drills.

C Evan Smith is listed as questionable with his ankle injury, but the team is expected to start Joe Hawley at center for a fourth straight game.

McDaniel's absence makes it more likely the team will activate DT Akeem Spence from the physically unable to perform list to serve as the No. 4 defensive tackle. Fragel's injury is less of a problem if LG Logan Mankins can return from his groin injury, which would allow Kevin Pamphile to return to his backup tackle role. The Bucs would have to cut a player from the 53-man roster to make room for Spence.

The injury report had three other players also listed as questionable: Mankins, WR Russell Shepard (hamstring) and LB Bruce Carter (thigh).

EVEN WORSE: The Redskins already ruled out four starters: cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver, C Cory Lichtensteiger and WR DeSean Jackson. LT Trent Williams has been cleared to return after missing Sunday's loss to the Jets with a concussion. Others listed as questionable include Washington's No. 2 tackler, LB Keenan Robinson (heel), starting DE Jason Hatcher (knee) and starting TE Jordan Reed (concussion).

BACK TO BACK: The Bucs have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since 2013, a span of 26 games, which matches the third-longest such drought in franchise history.

It's their longest run without winning consecutive games since 1992-94, when Tampa Bay went 41 straight games without doing so. The team record is 73, more than four full seasons from 1985-89.

The Bucs also have the longest such active streak in the league. The Jaguars (25) and Titans (21) are the only other teams that have gone longer than a full season without winning back-to-back games.

REMEMBER? Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be reunited with Michigan State teammate and Bucs DE Will Gholston. Cousins said his best memory of Gholston is the quarterback's final college game. Gholston had five tackles for loss to help the Spartans to a 33-30 triple-overtime win over Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl in Tampa.

"(Gholston) had a phenomenal game. … His play in that game was part of the reason we won," said Cousins, who threw for 300 yards in that game but also had three interceptions. "I'm grateful to him for sending me out in my last college game with a victory."

THIS AND THAT: Bucs rookie Jameis Winston has passed for at least 200 yards and at least one touchdown in all five games this season. … Former Armwood High and Gators RB Matt Jones, with the Redskins, is tied for the NFL rookie lead with three rushing touchdowns. … Redskins RB Chris Thompson, a former Seminole, is doubtful with a back injury.

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