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Checking injuries for Bucs, Panthers

12/21/2011

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers have issued injury reports for Saturday’s game. The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons don’t play until Monday night, so they don’t have to file reports with the league yet.

Let’s take a look at the injuries of note for the Buccaneers and Panthers. Tampa Bay receiver Arrelious Benn, who missed the last game with a concussion, practiced on a full basis Wednesday. Defensive end Michael Bennett (toe), defensive tackle Brian Price (ankle) and linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) were held out of practice. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) also sat out, but the Bucs frequently give the veteran a day or two of rest during the week.

For Carolina, defensive back Darius Butler, who also is coming back from a concussion, participated fully in practice. But several big names were held out of practice. Left tackle Jordan Gross (ankle) and defensive end Charles Johnson (knee) did not practice. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (ankle) and safety Charles Godfrey (shoulder) also were held out of practice.