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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were relatively healthy in practice today, only missing cornerback Johnthan Banks, center Evan Smith, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Russell Shepard, according to Greg Auman. All of these players missed Sunday's game and seem unlikely to suit up against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, leaving the Bucs in trouble in several areas.
Banks' replacement has been Mike Jenkins, who has struggled while the Bucs refuse to turn back to Alterraun Verner. The Bucs have no replacement for Seferian-Jenkins, leaving them with a gaping hole on offense: they can't effectively attack the middle of the field in the passing game. Evan Smith has been adequately replaced with veteran Joe Hawley filling in, while Russell Shepard was primarily a special teamer -- the Bucs signed Orie Lemon to help compensate for his likely absence.
One interesting development is that Alterraun Verner is now working with the slot cornerbacks, while Sterling Moore has moved outside, according to Greg Auman. It's not clear why: either because Moore isn't cutting it as a slot corner, or because the Bucs want to see him on the outside instead of Mike Jenkins. We'll have to wait until Sunday to see that result. Regardless, it seems like Verner's days as an outside cornerback are most definitely over -- at least with the Buccaneers.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars are struggling with multiple injuries. Receivers Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee both missed practice, as did tight end Marcedes Lewis and running back Denard Robinson. It's not clear how serious those injuries are, though Lee missed Sunday's game. They also had to miss defensive end Chris Clemons, who did play in Sunday's game and linebacker Paul Posluszny, who is almost certain to miss Sunday's game with a high ankle sprain. Julius Thomas was able to participate in practice on a limited basis, and may be a very long shot to play for the first time this year.