Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2013 NFL injury wire

TAMPA, Fla. -- Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon might not have his full stable of receivers when he makes his NFL debut Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Coach Greg Schiano said that tight end Tom Crabtree has been ruled out. Schiano said Crabtree had a setback with the ankle injury that has kept him out since the preseason. The Bucs had been hoping Crabtree could play this week and take over the starting role. Previous starter Luke Stocker is on injured reserve. With Crabtree out, Nate Byham is likely to get the start.

Starting wide receivers Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and will be listed as questionable. Williams said Thursday he expected to play Sunday. Kevin Ogletree, Eric Page and Russell Shepard are Tampa Bay's backups at wide receiver.
TAMPA, Fla. -- New starting quarterback Mike Glennon hasn’t been able to practice with his two starting wide receivers Wednesday and Thursday.

Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Williams (hamstring) each missed their second straight day of practice. That’s less than an ideal situation, but Williams said he and Jackson already have chemistry with Glennon, who is replacing Josh Freeman.

“Everybody keeps worrying about that, but we’ve been working with him the whole year," Williams said. “There’s never been a practice where it’s just all Josh. It’s been Josh and Mike and Josh and Mike, and then just Josh on Sundays. Now, it’s going to be Mike on Sunday."

Williams estimated he had as many practice reps with Glennon as he did with Freeman during training camp and the preseason.

Williams also was very optimistic about his hamstring.

“I’m playing Sunday, 100 percent," Williams said.

Bucs activate Demps, Stocker to IR

September, 23, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added some speed for their return game, but also lost a starting tight end Monday.

Former Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, who had spent the last two weeks practicing with the Bucs while on the exempt list, was activated to the 53-man roster. But the bad news is the Bucs placed tight end Luke Stocker on injured reserve.

Demps, who also may get a look as a running back and receiver, could take over as the primary return man or share the duties with Eric Page.

With Stocker gone for the season, the Bucs are thin at tight end. Nate Byham started in Stocker’s place Sunday. Tom Crabtree has missed the first three games with an ankle injury, but coach Greg Schiano said Monday that Crabtree is making progress. If Crabtree is healthy by Sunday, he could be the starter against the Arizona Cardinals.

Carl Nicks expects to play Sunday

September, 20, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t had much positive news lately, but here’s some.

Guard Carl Nicks said Friday that he expects to play in Sunday’s game at New England.

“If nothing new happens, no setbacks, then I think I’m good to go,’’ Nicks said.

Nicks hasn’t played since the middle of last season when he suffered a foot injury. He was on his way back in training camp, but came down with a MRSA staph infection that kept him sidelined for the first two games.

If Nicks does play, it will mark the first time that he and fellow guard Davin Joseph, who missed last season with a knee injury, will be on the field at the same time.

Carl Nicks could return against Saints

September, 13, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game against his former team, the New Orleans Saints.

“There’s a chance," coach Greg Schiano said when asked if Nicks, who returned to practice for the first time since August on Monday, could play Sunday.

Nicks had been sidelined by a MRSA staph infection. He was seen running on the sideline with a trainer during the portion of practice that was open to the media Friday.

But Schiano stopped well short of saying Nicks will be in the starting lineup against the Saints.

“Certainly, conditioning is a concern because when he was fighting the infection, it wasn’t like he did light conditioning," Schiano said. “He did nothing, and that was mandatory by the doctors. He has to get back into playing shape. How you do it is play. You can run, you can jog and you’ve got to do that. But, then, there’s that other step."

While it’s possible the Bucs could let Nicks play on a limited basis, it seems more likely they’ll wait at least another week before putting him in the lineup.

“It’s going to be a little bit of a process no matter when that first time he plays is," Schiano said. “But we’ll just keep moving him forward, because Carl’s a dominant player and we need to get him back."

Schiano said cornerback Michael Adams (knee) and tight end Tom Crabtree (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' injury update

September, 6, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced guard Carl Nicks is out for Sunday’s season opener against the New York Jets.

That’s not a surprise because Nicks, who is recovering from a staph infection, hasn’t practiced all week. But, as recently as early Friday afternoon, coach Greg Schiano said he wasn’t ready to rule Nicks out. Reserve tackle Gabe Carimi has gotten most of the first-team work at Nicks’ left guard spot.

The Bucs also are listing tight end Tom Crabtree (ankle) as out and cornerback Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) as doubtful. Running back Mike James (eye) and fullback Erik Lorig (calf) are questionable and cornerback Darrelle Revis (knee) and tackle Demar Dotson (back) are listed as probable.

Tom Crabtree out for Buccaneers

September, 6, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tight end Tom Crabtree will miss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season opener against the New York Jets, coach Greg Schiano said Friday.

Crabtree has been out with an ankle injury. He had been projected to share playing time with Luke Stocker. Crabtree’s absence probably means more playing time for Stocker, and Nate Byham likely will be the second tight end.

In other injury news, Schiano still wouldn’t rule out the possibility of guard Carl Nicks, who is recovering from a staph infection, playing against the Jets. But it appears to be a long shot that Nicks will play in the opener. Nicks hasn’t practiced all week.

If Nicks is out, Schiano said the Bucs have plenty of options at left guard. But the coach said reserve tackle Gabe Carimi has gotten most of the first-team work this week.

Injury check on the Buccaneers

September, 4, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just issued their first official injury report of the season, and there were no major surprises.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is coming off knee surgery, participated fully in Wednesday’s practice, and is expected to play Sunday against his former team, the New York Jets. Running back Mike James (eye) and fullback Erik Lorig (calf) participated on a limited basis.

Tight end Tom Crabtree (ankle) and guard Carl Nicks (staph infection) were the only players who did not participate in practice. Coach Greg Schiano said it’s too early to rule out Nicks for the game with the Jets.