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Bucs may need cornerback committee as Carlton Davis remains sidelined

On the positive side, tailback Ronald Jones was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.
Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis (24) taking down Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during Tampa Bay's home victory on Oct. 18, is expected to miss his second straight game this weekend with a groin injury.
Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis (24) taking down Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during Tampa Bay's home victory on Oct. 18, is expected to miss his second straight game this weekend with a groin injury. [ JASON BEHNKEN | AP ]
Published Dec. 31, 2020
Updated Dec. 31, 2020

The chances of Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis returning from a groin injury for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Falcons have dissipated.

Davis was not present Thursday during the brief practice window open to reporters and did not participate after working out on a limited basis the day before. Coach Bruce Arians is expected to update Davis’ status Friday, but it’s likely the Bucs will rest him one more week to ensure his availability for the opening round of the playoffs.

Davis sustained the injury in the Bucs’ 31-27 win against the Falcons two weeks ago. Veteran Ross Cockrell started for Davis in last week’s 47-7 win at Detroit, and made a key tackle of receiver Danny Amendola on third and 3 to force the Lions to punt on their opening drive. Herb Miller, promoted from the practice squad, also played and recorded his first NFL interception.

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Elsewhere, tailback Ronald Jones (fractured pinky finger) and safety Mike Edwards (hip pointer) were present and suited up. Jones, who missed the past two games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list (he injured the finger Dec. 13 against the Vikings), was a full participant after limited participation Wednesday.

Reserve defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter (calf) was the only other Buc who didn’t participate Thursday for injury-related reasons.

Meantime in Atlanta, the Falcons placed center Alex Mack on the reserve/COVID-19 list after the team stopped all in-person work at its practice facility and reported a positive COVID-19 test. The Falcons did only virtual work following the positive test.

The team says Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay is not threatened.

Information from the Associated Press used in this report.