Buccaneers vs. Saints Injury Report: Carl Nicks getting healthy, Michael Adams out for several weeks

Rich Schultz

The Bucs are getting their offense back healthy, but now defense may pose a problem.

Carl Nicks is getting closer to being healthy. While Greg Schiano would not commit to him playing on Sunday, he participated for the second day in a row in practice on a limited basis. If he doesn't play this week, the Buccaneers should at least have him back for next week. Similarly, fullback had full participation for the second straight day.

Rashaan Melvin also rejoined the full participation list, which means the Bucs may actually have four healthy cornerbacks on Sunday. They may even make it to five, if they call up Deveron Carr from the practice squad. Michael Adams may have had surgery, but won't be placed on injured reserve as the Bucs expect him to be back in several weeks.

A small note of concern: Adrian Clayborn was added to the practice report as limited in practice with a hip injury. It's not clear how serious it is, but the Bucs don't have the kind of defensive line depth that they can afford to have Clayborn be limited in games.

Meanwhile, the Saints have a slew of injuries on defense with an already talent-light group. Jabari Greer, Curtis Lofton and Patrick Robinson were limited in practice, two of them being starters. Three defensive linemen

Full practice report:

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Practice report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle), DT Brodrick Bunkley (calf), DT Tyrunn Walker (knee)

Thursday
S Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle), DT Brodrick Bunkley (calf), DE Glenn Foster (knee), DT Tyrunn Walker (knee), CB Corey White (illness)


LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Glenn Foster (knee), CB Jabari Greer (back), LB Curtis Lofton (knee), CB Patrick Robinson (foot)

Thursday
CB Jabari Greer (back), LB Curtis Lofton (knee), CB Patrick Robinson (foot)


FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Marques Colston (foot), G Jahri Evans (back), LB Junior Galette (hamstring), T Zach Strief (neck), LB Martez Wilson (elbow)

Thursday
WR Marques Colston (foot), G Jahri Evans (back), LB Junior Galette (hamstring), T Zach Strief (neck), LB Martez Wilson (elbow)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS


Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Thursday
CB Michael Adams (knee)


DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB Michael Adams (knee), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle)

Thursday
TE Tom Crabtree (ankle)


LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring), G Carl Nicks (foot)

Thursday
DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), G Carl Nicks (foot)


FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
RB Erik Lorig (calf)

Thursday
RB Erik Lorig (calf), CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring)

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