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Austin Seferian-Jenkins "unlikely to play", but will be game-time decision

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is unlikely to play against the New York Giants today, although coaches will test him before the game. We should get final word on his participation at 2:35 p.m. ET, when the team's inactives are officially announced.

Seferian-Jenkins hasn't played since week two, when he suffered a shoulder injury. He's participated in practice on a limited basis over the past two weeks, but apparently isn't quite healthy enough to definitively play. Even if he suits up he may be limited during the game.

Without Seferian-Jenkins the Bucs have really struggled to target the middle of the field in the passing game, though Cameron Brate did show up in that role last week. Mike Evans is the only reliable and healthy target Jameis Winston has right now if Seferian-Jenkins can't go, and that means Dominique Rodgders-Cromartie will take Tampa Bay's second-year receiver. Given that Rodgers-Cromartie has played some very good football this year, the Bucs really need someone to step up behind Evans.