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Bucs corner Jamel Dean, edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul return to practice

Both worked out on a limited basis during the team’s indoor session.
Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean missed Sunday's contest at New England with a knee injury. He was a limited participant at Wednesday's indoor practice.
Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean missed Sunday's contest at New England with a knee injury. He was a limited participant at Wednesday's indoor practice. [ ARIELLE BADER | Times ]
Published Oct. 6

TAMPA — As expected, the initial Bucs injury report for the week is considerable.

Whether it becomes manageable as the week progresses remains unclear.

Of the nine players on the report, four didn’t participate in Wednesday’s indoor walk-through at the AdventHealth Training Center: cornerback Carlton Davis (quad), safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion protocol), tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) and backup defensive lineman Patrick O’Connor (right calf).

“It’s the next man up, and that’s why we have a roster and you build that roster with depth,” coach Bruce Arians said prior to the walk-through.

“You know injuries are going to happen. Last year was a very lucky year that we lost three or four guys in different positions, but hopefully we’ll get some of them back as we continue to get through the season.”

Arians said he doesn’t anticipate either Davis or Sean Murphy-Bunting (elbow) — the season-opening starting cornerbacks — to return “any time soon.” Davis was injured late in the first half of Sunday night’s win in New England. Murphy-Bunting dislocated his elbow in the Sept. 9 opener against Dallas.

On the positive side, fellow corner Jamel Dean, who missed Sunday’s game with a knee injury, was a limited participant Wednesday.

So was edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, who also practiced Friday but ultimately was ruled out of Sunday’s game with shoulder and hand injuries that have sidelined him the last two games.

“He tried it (Friday),” Arians said. “He wasn’t really close, but he tried it because it’s JPP. Like I said, we’ll see more today and (Thursday).”

Gronkowski is nursing fractured ribs and a punctured lung sustained in the second half of the Sept. 26 loss to the Rams. He didn’t make the trip to New England, which he helped lead to three Super Bowl titles.

“He’s riding the bike,” Arians said, “so we’ll see how it goes.”

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls

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