Aug 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tom Crabtree (84) runs for yardage after a reception during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 3 Injury Report: Tom Crabtree and Carl Nicks to Return?

As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare for Week 3 of the NFL season, when they’ll face the New England Patriots, a pair of starters seem to be  on their way back into the lineup.

Friday’s official injury report offers a pair of somewhat encouraging designations for a duo of players who should provide an instant upgrade at their positions.

 

 

Tom Crabtree’s questionable status is certainly a question mark, as high ankle sprains often take a while to heal. It will be interesting to see how the Bucs cope with the injuries to Crabtree and Stocker, because it’s clear either one can’t be relied upon to provide 100% of the snaps at a high level of play.

Will they use Nate Byham and Tim Wright more extensively? Will the bring Danny Noble up from the practice squad before Sunday?

For Nicks, it seems like the questionable designation is on the borderline of probable. At least that’s what Greg Schiano told the media on Friday.

 

Nicks will be needed at left guard, because fill-in starter Gabe Carimi will sit out with an illness. Should Nicks have a setback, the Bucs would have to dig a bit deeper to find a left guard, or they may have to resort to moving Jeremy Zuttah to the position.

It will also be interesting to see who the inactive players are on Sunday, as Rashaan Melvin appears to be recovering from injury. Will he bump Deveron Carr off the active squad for Sunday? Or will the Buccaneers carry as many corners as they can against the Patriots, who often spread the field with plenty of receiving options?

We’ll be sure to update you on gameday with the inactive players, and any news about the injured players who are game-time decisions.

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