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Buccaneers largely healthy for Vikings game

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For the first time this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are almost completely healthy.

Joe Robbins

Lovie Smith said that backup linebacker Brandon Magee would be the only player ruled out for Sunday's game, while every player that needed to improve, did. That includes cornerback Johnthan Banks, wide receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Smith also said that Josh McCown was throwing the ball well, but once again did not state whether he'd start, or even whether he'd be active on Sunday. It does sound like he should be ready to play, but it seems more likely that the Bucs will stick with Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback for at least one more game -- and probably longer, given the fact that Glennon has comfortably outplayed McCown this season.

Overall, the Bucs are set to be healthier on Sunday than they've been all season. All of their starters should be good to go, although a few will be playing through nicks of varying severity -- as happens for every NFL team throughout a full season. With the team taking on the floundering Minnesota Vikings, this is as good a chance at a win as the Bucs have had all season long.

The Vikings are also relatively healthy, although Kyle Rudolph will once again be out this week. Beyond Rudolph, the biggest issue is Vladimir Ducasse's participation -- but the starting guard is still likely to suit up, despite being listed as questionable.

TAMPA BAY
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Johnthan Banks 27 CB Neck Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation Probable
Jonathan Casillas 52 LB Hamstring Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Questionable
Anthony Collins 73 T Knee Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Questionable
Dashon Goldson 38 S Ankle Limited Participation Limited Participation Full Participation Questionable
Vincent Jackson 83 WR Rib Limited Participation Limited Participation Limited Participation Questionable
Brandon Magee 53 LB Knee Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Out
Josh McCown 12 QB Right Thumb Limited Participation Limited Participation Full Participation Questionable
Keith Tandy 37 DB Hamstring Limited Participation Limited Participation Full Participation Questionable
MINNESOTA
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Vladimir DuCasse 62 G Knee Limited Participation Full Participation Full Participation Questionable
Antone Exum Jr. 32 S Ankle Limited Participation Did Not Participate Full Participation Questionable
Chase Ford 86 TE Foot Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation Probable
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Ankle Limited Participation Limited Participation Full Participation Probable
Gerald Hodges 50 LB Hamstring Did Not Participate Limited Participation Limited Participation Doubtful
Jabari Price 39 CB Hamstring Limited Participation Limited Participation Full Participation Probable
Josh Robinson 21 CB Ankle Limited Participation Did Not Participate Questionable
Kyle Rudolph 82 TE Abdomen/Groin Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Out
Harrison Smith 22 S Ankle Full Participation Full Participation Full Participation Probable
John Sullivan 65 C Concussion Did Not Participate Limited Participation Full Participation Probable
Corey Wootton 99 DE Low Back Limited Participation Full Participation Full Participation Probable