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Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall return to practice; Lavonte David misses practice

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The Thursday injury report for the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears is out.

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After missing practice with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall returned to practice in limited fashion today. Both receivers are crucial for the Chicago Bears' passing game, and they're dealing with a slew of different, minor injuries too. But it seems they're on track to be at least game-time decisions this week -- which will be a problem for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, the Bucs continue to face injuries of their own. Doug Martin still hasn't returned to full participation, and now Charles Sims has also been added to the injury report with an ankle injury. It seems likely that Martin will be ready those Sunday, but Sims' addition has to be a big concern. If neither back can go, Bobby Rainey and Mike James will be the only players available for the team's backfield.

More troubling is the fact that Lavonte David missed today's practice with a hamstring injury after being limited in yesterday's practice. David is arguably the team's best player, and certainly the most consistent one, and he's crucial for the Bucs defense -- especially their run defense. If he can't play, their already-putrid (but improving) defense will take a massive step back.

TAMPA BAY
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
Lavonte David 54 LB Hamstring Limited Participation Did Not Participate
Doug Martin 22 RB Ankle Limited Participation Limited Participation
Charles Sims 34 RB Ankle Limited Participation
Alterraun Verner 21 CB Hamstring Limited Participation Limited Participation

CHICAGO
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
Jared Allen 69 DE Not Injury Related Did Not Participate
Eben Britton 62 G/T Illness Limited Participation Limited Participation
Ego Ferguson 95 DT Illness Did Not Participate Full Participation
Demontre Hurst 30 CB Knee Did Not Participate
Alshon Jeffery 17 WR Hamstring Did Not Participate Limited Participation
Brandon Marshall 15 WR Ankle Did Not Participate Limited Participation
Jordan Mills 67 T Ribs Limited Participation Limited Participation
Josh Morgan 19 WR Shoulder Limited Participation Full Participation
Darryl Sharpton 53 LB Hamstring Did Not Participate Did Not Participate
Chris Williams 82 WR Hamstring Did Not Participate Did Not Participate
Trevor Scott 76 DE Knee Did Not Participate Did Not Participate