Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seferian-Jenkins, Jackson still questionable for Bucs on Sunday

TAMPA — Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has missed seven consecutive games with a shoulder injury, and WR Vincent Jackson has missed three with a knee injury. Both are questionable again for Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

"We are making progress, coach Lovie Smith said. "The list (of injured) is shrinking. Austin Seferian-Jenkins still hasn't been cleared for full contact. … We have 48 hours or so before the game. Once you get close, every hour counts.

"As soon as Vince is ready to go, we're ready for him. … I think you all have seen him run around. He's getting closer, which is right on schedule. Hopefully he will be able to (play), but we'll see."

Jackson declined to comment after Friday's practice. He stayed late to work with rookie QB Jameis Winston and other receivers.

Another injured starter, rookie RG Ali Marpet, is also questionable after missing Sunday's game against the Cowboys with an ankle injury. His replacement, Evan Smith, is also questionable with a knee injury, though he returned and played the entire second half against the Cowboys after the injury.

VERY THIN: The Bucs have already added two rookies and a veteran at defensive end this season, and with three players at the position uncertain for Sunday due to injuries, they may have to promote another rookie.

The only player ruled out for the game is George Johnson, who left the Cowboys game with a calf injury and didn't practice all week. But starter Jacquies Smith is questionable and could miss a third straight game with an ankle injury. And rookie Josh Shirley is doubtful due to a calf injury that popped up Thursday.

The Bucs have only three healthy ends for sure: starter Will Gholston, first-year pro Howard Jones and veteran Lawrence Sidbury, who was signed this week.

"(Jacquies Smith) is getting closer, and that's encouraging," Lovie Smith said. "Our rush hasn't been exactly what we would like for it to be, so we need a guy like that back as soon as possible."

The Bucs hadn't filled the 53rd and final spot on their roster and will likely do so from the practice squad today. That could be DE Martin Ifedi if Tampa Bay needs depth there, or rookie LB Josh Keyes, who was with the Bucs in preseason and could help on special teams.

S Major Wright, inactive the past two games with a hamstring injury, is probable for Sunday and likely will be active following the release of D.J. Swearinger on Monday.

Contact Greg Auman at [email protected] and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

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