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Bucs injuries: Mason Foster, Dashon Goldson miss Wednesday's practice

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have too many injuries this week. Only two starters missed Wednesday's practice, as Mason Foster is still struggling with a "sore" hamstring, as Lovie Smith put it. Either Danny Lansanah or Dane Fletcher should replace Foster if he can't go -- likely Lansanah, as Fletcher is a consistent liability in coverage.

Dashon Goldson's shoulder injury is new, and it's not clear how serious that injury is. With Major Wright already on injured reserve and Keith Tandy being the team's primary backup at free safety, they can't really afford to have Goldson miss Sunday's game -- unless they don't mind losing, of course.

Lovie Smith also noted that rookie offensive linemen Kevin Pamphile and Josh Allen should get some extra playing time this week, which may actually be a good thing for their chances to win given how poorly Oniel Cousins and Patrick Omameh have played this year.

The Bucs have tomorrow off, which they compensated for with a Tuesday practice.

The Saints, on the other hand, were less than healthy. Six players missed practice on Wednesday, including two starting offensive tackles. We'll see whether that sticks the rest of the week, but that would help an anemic Tampa Bay pass rush. The New Orleans offensive line has struggled to contain opposing pass rushers anyway, so the absence of two tackles (if that sticks) could be particularly troublesome.

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Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation
Mason Foster 59 LB Achilles Did Not Participate
Isaiah Frey"]">Isaiah Frey 32 CB Ankle Did Not Participate
Dashon Goldson 38 S Shoulder Did Not Participate
Robert Herron"]">Robert Herron 10 WR Hip Limited Participation
Solomon Patton"]">Solomon Patton 11 WR Foot Full Participation
Bobby Rainey"]">Bobby Rainey 43 RB Wrist Full Participation

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Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation
Terron Armstead"]">Terron Armstead 72 T Hamstring Did Not Participate
Akiem Hicks"]">Akiem Hicks 76 DE Ankle Did Not Participate
John Jenkins"]">John Jenkins 92 NT Abdomen Did Not Participate
Jamarca Sanford"]">Jamarca Sanford 38 S Hamstring Did Not Participate
Zach Strief"]">Zach Strief 64 T Neck Did Not Participate
Pierre Thomas"]">Pierre Thomas 23 RB Ribs Did Not Participate