Despite suffering a high ankle sprain less than two weeks ago, Gerald McCoy is already back at practice. While there's no word on how limited he was during practice, just the fact that he was able to go out and test his ankle is obviously good news. While Frank Okam, Roy Miller and Da'Quan Bowers filled in admirably for the injured defensive tackle against the New Orleans
Having Luke Stocker and Sammie Stroughter will help the offense, which seemed to have a breakout game against the New Orleans Saints. Stroughter has been seemingly replaced by Preston Parker as a slot receiver, but he did return a kickoff 90-odd yards on his only play of the 2011 season so far. Stroughter injured his foot on that return and has not played or practiced since.
Meanwhile, the loss of Luke Stocker has prompted the Buccaneers to use a lot of 6-lineman sets the past two weeks, with tackle Demar Dotson coming onto the field to aid both the run- and pass-blocking. While Dotson has looked good, he isn't going to go out and run routes or catch passes and having Stocker back would help give the Bucs offense a little extra versatility.
The bad news is that Jeff Faine and Legarrette Blount were not practicing, and Michael Bennett was also missing from practice. Faine injured his biceps against the Saints, while Legarrette Blount reportedly sprained his MCL the week before. It's not clear what ails Michael Bennett and whether he's in danger of missing the upcoming game.