Gerald McCoy had to get a procedure done on his hand on Monday, but is hopeful he can play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle told the media today, according to Roy Cummings. The defensive tackle missed yesterday's and today's practices.
Vincent Jackson practiced today after missing yesterday with a knee injury as well, and the receiver told Greg Auman he's confident he can play on Sunday. The Bucs also had Gosder Cherilus and Luke Stocker back at practice today, according to Cummings, which means they're likely to be ready for the game, too. All three practiced on a limited basis. George Johnson, Jacquies Smith and Bruce Carter were still absent and are unlikely to play Sunday. Joe Hawley was limited with a new neck injury, but there's no indication that it's a serious injury.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons had Devonta Freeman practicing as he did yesterday and the running back should be good to go on Sunday after being out with a concussion last week. Guard Chris Chester and kicker Matt Bryant remain absent from practice and should not be expected to play, but the Falcons are mostly healthy beyond those two.