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Little clarity on Seferian-Jenkins' injury status for Bucs

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, front, is “making progress” in recovering from a shoulder injury, coach Lovie Smith says.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, front, is “making progress” in recovering from a shoulder injury, coach Lovie Smith says.
Published Nov. 7, 2015

TAMPA — The Bucs wrapped up practice Friday in preparation for Sunday's home game against the Giants, and though three players will miss the game with injuries, there was no word on whether TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) would play.

"He's making progress," coach Lovie Smith said. "When a guy is ready to go and can protect himself, we'll get him onto the field."

Seferian-Jenkins posted on Twitter: "Can't rush God's timing control what u can control."

The Bucs will be without WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Jacquies Smith (ankle) and S Major Wright (hamstring), who did not practice all week. S D.J. Swearinger, who suffered a toe injury in Thursday's practice, did not practice and is unlikely to play Sunday.

The Bucs have the option of activating DT Demar Dotson from the short-term injured reserve list. He missed the first seven games with a knee injury. But with depth concerns elsewhere, the team would have to cut a player to add Dotson. So they can stick with Gosder Cherilus at right tackle for now and activate Dotson next week.

"(There) hasn't been any setbacks or anything like that," Lovie Smith said of Dotson. "In time he'll get back out there. Exactly when that is we still don't know."

George Johnson is expected to start for Jacquies Smith at defensive end, and the team will rely heavily on rookies Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries, who were the No. 2 and 3 receivers against the Falcons on Sunday. Having Wright and Swearinger out leaves the team with three healthy safeties, but it has leaned heavily on starters Bradley McDougald and Chris Conte, with Keith Tandy as the only healthy backup.

Three players who had been limited in practice — DT Gerald McCoy, DE Will Gholston and DT Tony McDaniel — practiced and were expected to be active against the Giants.

MORE HONORS: Rookie LB Kwon Alexander was voted by fans as NFL rookie of the week for the second time after getting two takeaways and 11 tackles at Atlanta. Alexander forced and recovered a fumble from Falcons WR Julio Jones and later intercepted a pass from Matt Ryan. It's the fourth time in seven games that a Buc has been voted rookie of the week.

PIERRE-PAUL UPDATE: The Giants will decide today whether to activate DE Jason Pierre-Paul, a former USF standout who lost his right index finger and injured a couple of other fingers in a fireworks accident on July 4. Coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that everything was positive but the medical staff wanted to look at him one more time.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.