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Bucs now have Men in Black, injured players with no-contact jerseys

The Bucs wanted to limit the contact for rookie S Jordan Whitehead and CB M.J. Stewart, who were injured in Saturday's game, so they wore black shirts
Bucs cornerback M.J. Stewart and safety Jordan Whitehead were in black shirts Monday for no contact. [RICK STROUD | Times]
Bucs cornerback M.J. Stewart and safety Jordan Whitehead were in black shirts Monday for no contact. [RICK STROUD | Times]
Published Aug. 20, 2018|Updated Aug. 20, 2018

Bucs cornerback M.J. Stewart and safety Jordan Whitehead suffered injuries in Saturday's 30-14 win against the Titans Saturday and had to leave the game.

They were both back at practice Monday, but with a warning flag of sorts. Stewart and Whitehead wore black jerseys, signifying that they were to have no contact.

"The black jerseys are for guys that can practice but they can't get hit," coach Dirk Koetter explained. "We have other guys that were not in black jerseys but they're still fighting other injuries but they might not be in team periods. They're individual only or a walk-through or something like that.

"It's at the point in camp. We've had a lot of injuries. We've had two games. We have a number of guys that have issues that they're dealing with. We just have to keep working."

CB Carlton Davis, who dressed but did not play in Saturday's game, returned to practice Monday along with S Josh Robinson, helping the numbers in the secondary.

It was the first practice for the Bucs since they arrived at 3 a.m. Sunday, and Koetter said they were a little sluggish.

"It was a little choppy today," Koetter said. "I think traditionally my experience is, you get back at three o'clock in the morning after that second preseason game. Take Sunday off. That first practice back, it's not an excuse, we don't want it to be that way, but it's prototypical of that."

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