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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to have injury issues, with several key starters missing today's practice.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were missing a number of players in practice today. Lovie Smith listed running back Doug Martin, let tackle Anthony Collins, cornerback Alterraun Verner, wide receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Luke Stocker as being absent from today's practice.

This probably means we'll see Oniel Cousins at left tackle for a second straight game. And, somehow, this is not the worst thing in the world. Cousins was actually fairly okay last game. Not perfect, but hardly the disaster we expected. I'm not sure how that happened, but apparently he's a better tackle than he is a guard? Okay then.

Vincent Jackson's absence is likely to be routine maintenance than anything else. Alterraun Verner's absence is more troubling. The cornerback has a hamstring injury which may or may not be a big deal, but if he can't go or is limited in some way, we'll likely see Brandon Dixon or Crezdon Butler back on the field. Their poor play was a major factor in the Bucs' blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Charles Sims should make his debut this Sunday and with Bobby Rainey's solid play last week, the Bucs shouldn't miss Doug Martin too much. Luke Stocker's injury is a little more annoying, as the tight end has been a very good blocking tight end and even did well as a fill-in fullback last game.

Atlanta
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation
Jonathan Babineaux 95 DT Foot Limited Participation
Harry Douglas 83 WR Foot Limited Participation
Jonathan Massaquoi 94 DE Foot Limited Participation
Jonathan Scott 64 T Hamstring Did Not Participate
Antone Smith 35 RB Neck Limited Participation
Tampa Bay
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation
Anthony Collins 73 T Foot Did Not Participate
Lavonte David 54 LB Knee Limited Participation
Vincent Jackson 83 WR Knee Did Not Participate
Michael Johnson 90 DE Hand Limited Participation
Brandon Magee 53 LB Knee Limited Participation
Doug Martin 22 RB Ankle Did Not Participate
Charles Sims 34 RB Ankle Limited Participation
Akeem Spence 97 DT Hamstring Limited Participation
Luke Stocker 88 TE Hip Did Not Participate
Alterraun Verner 21 CB Hamstring Did Not Participate