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Bucs veterans Julio Jones, Donovan Smith practice for second day in a row

Receiver Chris Godwin got a rest day after practicing on Wednesday.
Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith hasn't played since hyperextending his elbow in the season opener against the Cowboys.
Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith hasn't played since hyperextending his elbow in the season opener against the Cowboys. [ MICHAEL AINSWORTH | AP ]
Published Sep. 29|Updated Oct. 1

Based on the latest injury report, the Bucs appear one day closer to having their top three receivers available for Sunday night’s home showdown against the Chiefs.

Veteran Julio Jones, sidelined the last two games with what has been reported as a torn posterior cruciate ligament, practiced on a limited basis for the second consecutive day at the Dolphins facility, where the Bucs relocated to avoid the effects of Hurricane Ian. Chris Godwin, also out since Week 1 with a hamstring ailment, was given a rest day but practiced Wednesday.

The latest report preserves the possibility that Jones, Godwin and Mike Evans — back from a one-game suspension — all could be available for the first time since the season-opening win against the Cowboys.

“I really don’t talk about (injuries),” offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said Thursday. “But we are excited.”

Also practicing for the second day in a row — albeit on a limited basis — was left tackle Donovan Smith (elbow), who has missed the last two contests.

Less probable for Sunday night is veteran Breshad Perriman, who is nursing knee and hamstring injuries and didn’t practice for the second day in a row. Russell Gage (hamstring) remained a limited participant Thursday.

On the Chiefs side, receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling — a former USF standout — has an abdominal injury and didn’t practice Thursday. Neither did former Bucs tailback Ronald Jones (illness).

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