The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took to the practice field on Wednesday to start preparations for a game against the Baltimore Ravens, and did so with a pair of returning starters, but missing the services of some veterans nursing various injuries.
Mason Foster practiced fully, while Mike Evans returned in a limited fashion, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Foster has been out with a shoulder injury, and is missed in the middle of the Tampa Bay defense, while Evans sat out last week's game with a groin injury, and is slowly working his way back.
However, Vincent Jackson, Johnthan Banks and Dashon Goldson all sat out on Wednesday with various ailments. For Jackson, the issue is with his ribs (per Greg Auman), Banks has a stiff neck, per Rick Stroud, and Goldson is dealing with an ankle injury, per Rick Brown.
Quarterback Josh McCown remains sidelined with his hand injury, which may eventually require surgery if he's unable to return to full strength. Jonathan Casillas did not practice, as well, dealing with a hamstring issue.
Hopefully the absences of Jackson and Banks are precautionary, and the Bucs will have those players available for a tough test against Baltimore this weekend. Goldson's status is still up in the air, as he missed last week's game and is not yet fit to practice.
Former Buccaneer Jeremy Zuttah did not practice for the Ravens on Wednesday, according to Wilson. He is one of several Ravens who did not participate in the first practice session of the week.