After missing the past three games, veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned to practice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released their first injury report of Week 16, and they received some positive news.
DeSean Jackson returned to practice for the first time in nearly a month after he dealt with a hand injury.
Jackson played a pivotal role in the Bucs offense when healthy this season. He caught 40 passes for 750 yards and five touchdowns, despite missing three games on the year. Jackson already crushed his yardage marks from last season. His 18.8 yards per reception is also the highest mark in the league.
The veteran speedster still has what it takes to take the top off of defenses. The Bucs missed his presence dearly. Tampa Bay had no reliable deep threat and cornerbacks have honed in on second-year wideout Chris Godwin of late.
Jackson’s return could help showcase his talents to not only the Bucs but other teams across the league. The general feeling is that Tampa will decide to release Jackson to free up nearly $10 million in cap space this offseason, if he performs well, he could help his case when free agency rolls around.
Jason Pierre-Paul was the only Buccaneer who did not participate in practice. This could also be nothing more than a rest day, but monitor his status throughout the week.
For the Dallas Cowboys, guard Zack Martin, defensive lineman David Irving and tight end Jeff Swaim were unable to practice. Irving and Martin are crucial pieces for the Cowboys. If they are unable to go, it could be a severe blow.
In other roster news, the Buccaneers promoted defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter to the active roster. He played for the Detroit Lions last year. Tampa stashed him on its practice squad earlier in the year.
The Buccaneers filled two voids on the practice squad by signing defensive linemen Farrington Huguenin and Alex James.