Monday, January 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Some Bucs banged up after preseason opener, none seriously

TAMPA — Coach Dirk Koetter stresses that none of the injuries should be long term, but 11 players — including first-round CB Vernon Hargreaves — were held out Saturday as the Bucs practiced for the first time since Thursday's preseason opener at the Eagles.

Hargreaves, the former Wharton High and Florida standout whose injury wasn't specified, watched practice with a bucket hat on.

TE Brandon Myers (knee) was also sidelined, as were OT Leonard Wester, S Elijah Shumate and long-snapper Andrew DePaola, all with unspecified injuries. They join five who were held out of Thursday's game — RB Charles Sims (ankle), LB Cassanova McKinzy (hamstring) and OL Caleb Benenoch (ankle/foot), plus WR Louis Murphy (knee) and G J.R. Sweezy (back), who are still on the physically-unable-to-perform list (neither has practiced).

LT Donovan Smith wasn't at practice, home with the flu, and DE Will Gholston, who was excused from the game due to a family illness, remained away from the team, though Koetter said he expected him back Monday.

"We've got some guys that are a little banged up," Koetter said. "It's a Saturday practice. Players have (today) off.

"I would expect to be in pretty good shape on Monday. That's going to happen."

With Smith out, the team had Kevin Pamphile working as the first-team left tackle, with Evan Smith taking his place as the first-team left guard. With Wester also sidelined, Kelvin Palmer — who just joined the team last week — was the second-team left tackle.

Reunited: The Bucs have two joint practices with the Jaguars in Jacksonville this week in preparation for their preseason game next weekend, and QB Jameis Winston is excited about the chance to practice with two former Florida State teammates, S Jalen Ramsey and LB Telvin Smith.

"I'm very excited," Winston said. "One reason is because I get to reunite with my teammates again, with Jalen. Telvin is going to be running his mouth the whole time. I already can expect it. But that's what I love, and that's why I'm really excited, just to be playing against him. Just to get that feeling back because I know he's very passionate and I know he's going to bring it, and he's not going to take any plays off."

The Bucs and Jaguars combine for seven former FSU players, all age 25 or younger — the Jaguars have Ramsey, Smith, WR Rashad Greene and OLB Bjoern Werner, while the Bucs have Winston, K Roberto Aguayo and CB Javien Elliott.

The Seminoles reunion won't be done there. The following week the Bucs play host to two joint practices with the Browns, who have one of Winston's old linemen, Cameron Erving, and rookie DL Nile Lawrence-Stample.

This and that: LB Lavonte David on the joy of being able to tackle players from another team Thursday: "It was beautiful. It was wonderful." … The joint practices in Jacksonville will be Wednesday and Thursday, both open to the public. … Winston on his fumble Thursday, forced and recovered by Eagles DT Fletcher Cox: "That guy is a $100 million man."

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