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Bucs lose return man T.J. Logan for the season

Receiver Justin Watson will assume punt return duties starting Sunday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back T.J. Logan (22) runs against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back T.J. Logan (22) runs against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio) [ MARK LOMOGLIO | AP ]
Published Dec. 6, 2019
Updated Dec. 6, 2019

TAMPA — The Bucs will be without primary kick and punt returner T.J. Logan for the remainder of the season after he broke his thumb fielding punts Friday.

With rookie receiver Scotty Miller, the team’s only other player on the team’s current roster who has returned punts this season, also unavailable due to a hamstring injury, the Bucs will be inexperienced at the punt returner position at 1 p.m. Sunday when they play Indianapolis at Raymond James Stadium.

Seldom-used wide receiver Justin Watson will take over primary punt return duties with rookie cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting possibly getting a chance, Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Friday. Neither has returned an NFL punt.

Running back Dare Ogunbowale will return kicks. He averaged 19.6 yards on seven returns last season.

Logan walked off the field during Friday’s practice with a team athletic trainer, who was holding Logan’s left arm to brace it as they entered the team facility. The Bucs signed Logan before the season opener as a kickoff returner. He became the punt returner after the team cut Bobo Wilson.

Cappa out for Colts game

The Bucs will be without starting right guard Alex Cappa, who hasn’t practiced this week due to a left elbow injury. Veteran Earl Watford will start in Cappa’s place. Cappa previously missed two games over a three-week stretch with a broken right arm that he suffered in the Bucs’ Week 5 loss at New Orleans, a game he finished despite the injury.q

The Bucs yielded 10 sacks in the two games Cappa missed, including a season-high seven in their Week 6 loss to the Panthers in London, a game in which the Bucs were without both Cappa and right tackle Demar Dotson.

Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has been pleased with Cappa's play as a first-year starter.

“I think he’s done a great job," Leftwich said. "I think he’s done a great job coming in and filling in. He’s had some very good football players on the opposite side of him. When you’re a guard in this league, the three-techniques in this league are really, really good so he’s been in front of a lot of really good football players and he held his own."

Miscellany

Cornerback M.J. Stewart, who missed the past three weeks with a knee injury, will be available on Sunday. Arians said he will likely contribute at nickel back. ... After what he called “solid” practices on Wednesday and Thursday, Arians wasn’t pleased with Friday’s shorter session, calling it “shaky” and saying the scout team’s ability to duplicate the opponent on Friday was “raggedy.”

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

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