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Buccaneers miss six starters on Wednesday's practice

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were down six starters today, which means we'll see yet another injury-marred game on Sunday.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just can't catch a break on the injury front. All four starters who missed practice yesterday were absent today, while starting left tackle Anthony Collins and starting middle linebacker Mason Foster were added to the injury report because of elbow and Achilles injuries, respectively. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, tight end Brandon Myers, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Bobby Rainey were the other starters who missed today's practice, while Lavonte David continued to be limited.

That's a total of seven starters who are at least in doubt for Sunday's game, and it seems unlikely the Bucs will be able to play any player who missed today's practice at this point. That likely means another week with no healthy pass-catching tight ends (blocking tight end Luke Stocker did participate fully). While the Bucs have been able to compensate for McDonald's and David's absence in recent weeks, Mason Foster will be tougher to replace: backup middle linebacker Dane Fletcher has been pretty horrible when he's had to fill in this year.

With Bobby Rainey unlikely to play, Doug Martin should continue to get the bulk of the carries, while Charles Sims will probably see his workload increase as well.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions' only significant injury is to Nick Fairley, who missed his second consecutive practice with a knee injury.

TAMPA BAY
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
Crezdon Butler 26 CB Not Injury Related Did Not Participate Full Participation
Anthony Collins 73 T Elbow Did Not Participate
Lavonte David 54 LB Hamstring Limited Participation Limited Participation
Evan Dietrich-Smith 62 C Illness Full Participation Full Participation
Mason Foster 59 LB Achilles/Not Injury Related Limited Participation Did Not Participate
Clinton McDonald 98 DT Hamstring Did Not Participate Did Not Participate
Brandon Myers 82 TE Calf Did Not Participate Did Not Participate
Bobby Rainey 43 RB Ankle Did Not Participate Did Not Participate
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 87 TE Back Did Not Participate Did Not Participate
Luke Stocker 88 TE Concussion Limited Participation Full Participation
Major Wright 31 S Shoulder Full Participation Full Participation

DETROIT
Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
Reggie Bush 21 RB Ankle/Back Full Participation Full Participation
Nick Fairley 98 DT Knee Did Not Participate Did Not Participate
Calvin Johnson 81 WR Ankle Limited Participation Full Participation
Riley Reiff 71 T Knee Full Participation Full Participation
Larry Warford 75 G Knee Full Participation Full Participation