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Bucs running back Ronald Jones returns to practice

Wide receiver Mike Evans, meanwhile, is still out while safety Justin Evans is progressing.
Published Aug. 20
Updated Aug. 20

TAMPA — Bucs running back Ronald Jones returned to practice Tuesday, but wide receiver Mike Evans missed his second straight session after tweaking a muscle in his left leg.

Jones appeared to hyper-extend his left leg during a first-half kickoff return in Friday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. He played sparingly, logging just seven snaps in the 16-14 win — five on offense and two on special teams — and had two carries for 7 yards.

Coach Bruce Arians said Jones was dealing with a sore and swollen knee.

Jones participated in position drills and special teams Tuesday.

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Evans was holding his left quad area after catching a deep ball in practice on Sunday. He missed the rest of that practice and hasn't returned since.

Whether either player sees time in the Bucs’ third preseason game against the Cleveland Browns remains to be seen. Starters typically see their most playing time in Game 3, but the Bucs might not see the benefit of playing either Evans or Jones at the risk of injury.

Also at practice Tuesday, safety Justin Evans, who has been sidelined all preseason recovering from a toe injury that dates back to last season, was seen running with trainers on a side field.

Considering Evans has mostly been an observer this preseason, this is significant progress. Evans missed six of the Bucs’ final seven games last season due to injury.

Evans is running out of time to get back on the field before the season starts. Just two preseason games remain, and the roster must be trimmers to 53 on Aug. 31.

The Bucs have been thin at safety, and rookie Mike Edwards, who was slated to be a starter, will likely miss his second straight game Friday.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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