The Buccaneers released their injury report today, as did the rest of the NFL (it’s mandated, honesty on the injury report is not). While each player’s game status is as of yet unavailable, you can still get an idea of who will and won’t be ready to go for the Buccaneers on Sunday when the Panthers invade Raymond James Stadium (and nobody can watch it).
Most notable both Jeff Faine (quadricep) and Jeremy Trueblood (knee) participated fully in practice and both will be likely to start against Carolina on Sunday. This is going to be a big boost for the Buccaneers offensive line. Trueblood will return to right tackle, beside Davin Joseph and the Bucs will again be able to utilize James Lee as a tight end in big sets. Faine will return to center and let Jeremy Zuttah shift left to guard. Ideally, with the return of both Faine and Trueblood the protection should improve and so too should the run blocking in front of LeGarrette Blount.
Quincy Black (ankle) and Sammie Stroughter (foot) were both limited. Stroughter missed last weekend’s game in Atlanta with the same foot injury and is in all likelihood going to be a game-time decision come Sunday.
Earnest Graham (hamstring), Kyle Moore (shoulder), Ryan Sims (knee) and Kellen Winslow (knee) were all held out of practice. Graham hasn’t been healthy in a while and I fully expect the Bucs to go with Erik Lorig again this weekend. I don’t know about Kellen Winslow which is more disconcerting, but I’ll have update for you as soon as I get anymore information about what’s ailing Winslow and what his availability will be Sunday.
For the Panthers DE Greg Hardy and RB’s Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Tyrell Sutton were all held out of practice and are questionable for Sunday.