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Bucs' Banks, Jackson remain sidelined with injuries

Bucs CB Johnthan Banks and WR Vincent Jackson were sidelined from a second straight day of practice Thursday, putting their status for Sunday's home game against the Ravens in doubt.

Banks had soreness in his neck after Sunday's loss at New Orleans, and Jackson is dealing with a rib injury, coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday. Three other players -- safety Dashon Goldson (ankle), quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (hamstring) -- were held out Thursday as well.

On the recovering side, rookie WR Mike Evans and LB Mason Foster both practiced again Thursday, an encouraging step toward them playing against the Ravens after being sidelined last week. Foster has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury.

Also missing from Thursday's practice was head coach Lovie Smith, who was in Ohio for the funeral of his father-in-law, Robert Ford. Ford, who died last week at age 91, served three years with the U.S. Army in World War II, according to his obituary. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret Ann, as well as five children, including Smith's wife, MaryAnne.

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