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Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson, returning from suspension, will play Sunday

TAMPA — S Tanard Jackson will be activated for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

"Tanard is going to play," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. "How much? (That will be decided) by the coaching staff at some point. He looked good this week, came back and looked like he was in good shape. He's been doing the right things, obviously. He had no problem with the heat. We had a record week for him, so it was good to get him out there and run around.

"Will he start? Me and (defensive backs coach) Joe Baker still have to talk about that. If he doesn't start, he's going to be in there pretty quickly with the rotation."

Tampa Bay had a one-week roster exemption for Jackson, who is coming off a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Instead, it must make a roster move by today to activate him.

HOBBLED AGAIN: For the second straight week, DE Gaines Adams is listed as questionable and might be a game-time decision. Adams, who injured his ankle during practice Wednesday, missed practice Thursday and was limited during Friday's walk-through.

Last week, Adams missed several practices with a groin strain and wound up having his best game of the season with a sack, fumble recovery and pass defensed.

"(Last week), I was thinking he could go out there, start the game and hopefully get him in on some pass rushing downs," Morris said of Adams. "He ended up starting the game and playing really strong.

"Then there was a point when you're looking at him saying, 'Is he okay?' But he fared well, so I kind of have that same mentality this week."

Adams said he was improving.

"For the most part, I'm feeling real good and looking forward to playing on Sunday," he said. "(Last week), it was just a decision I had to make. And at this point in time of our season, it was something I had to do."

More injuries: RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) and CB Torrie Cox participated in the walk-through and are questionable. WR Antonio Bryant (knee) participated and is expected to play. The only players ruled out are C Jeff Faine (triceps) and DE Kyle Moore (knee).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson, returning from suspension, will play Sunday 10/09/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 10, 2009 6:11am]
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