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Austin Seferian-Jenkins will play for Buccaneers vs. Falcons after nine weeks absence

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Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will finally have tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the field. The tight end has fully recovered from a shoulder injury suffered in week two's win over the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network and Adam Schefter report.

Seferian-Jenkins put up seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in one-and-a-half games before suffering an apparently serious knee injury this year, and the Bucs have struggled to attack the deep middle without his presence. Cameron Brate has stepped up as a receiving tight end in recent weeks, putting up 184 yard and three touchdowns on 14 catches, but he's not the explosive player their second-year tight end can be. The fact that Brate now leads the Bucs' tight ends in catches, yards and touchdowns says something about how much they've missed Seferian-Jenkins.

With Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans healthy, today should be the first time the Bucs have their three Dunkaneers and Jameis Winston play a full game together. The Bucs drafted Evans and Seferian-Jenkins in the first and second rounds of the 2014 NFL draft, hoping to create a huge and dominant receiving corps. We'll see whether that's worked today.

The Bucs play the Atlanta Falcons in Raymond James Stadium at 1:00 p.m. ET today.