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Da'Quan Bowers, Luke Stocker sidelined for Monday's Buccaneers practice

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First the good news: Evan Dietrich-Smith resumed practice after sitting out a couple of days with a minor toe injury.

Then the bad: Mike Jenkins, Alterraun Verner and Jeremy Grable were still injured.

Then the worst: Da'Quan Bowers and Luke Stocker joined those sitting out practice. That may not be more than minor, but both players have a history of injuries both minor and major that prevented them from progressing and realizing their potential. And both of them had been having solid training camps so far.

All of that per Leo, who will have a comprehensive practice report later today..

Position battles

Greg Auman noted that Patrick Omameh and Oniel Cousins continued to get first-team reps at offensive guard, which seems to be a bit of a trend now. Are they starting to separate themselves? If so, does that mean Cousins is still a complete disaster or has he improved on his play from last year?

Jace Daniels and Kadeem Edwards were the second-team guards, per Pewter Report. No mention of Meredith, intriguingly, who was playing tackle instead, according to Rick Brown. Meredith joined the first team guards later in practice, per Bucs Brief.

One battle we haven't heard all that much from is tight end. Tim Wright isn't competing for that job, as he's seen as more of a move tight end and has that job locked up, but the role of starting/Y/in-line tight end is up for grabs, and Brandon Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are fighting for it. Myers has held on to it for now, and Eric Dellaratta notes he's been getting the majority of the first-team reps, but Seferian-Jenkins has really stood out, especially in the passing game.