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Mike Evans injury: Buccaneers receiver returns to practice

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have their star receiver back on Sunday, as the receiver was back practicing with the team today. The Bucs had to go through their first game without Evans, who suffered a hamstring strain in the preseason. Lovie Smith is generally very careful with hamstring injuries, so he may or may not actually suit up on Sunday, but this is a good sign. Plus, he looks pretty much ready to go.

According to Greg Auman, the Bucs were missing linebacker Danny Lansanah, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun and safety Major Wright. Lansanah and Wright suffered injuries of undisclosed severity in Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, while Fatinikun has been out since the fourth preseason game.

With Wright out, the Bucs are likely to continue to give snaps to Chris Conte, who did not look very good against the Titans, and D.J. Swearinger, who looked less disastrous. Then again, Wright wasn't flawless himself -- the safety position is rather in flux at the moment. If Lansanah can't play on Sunday, Bruce Carter is likely to step into the starting lineup in his place. Fatinikun is a backup, but his contribution to the pass rush will be missed and forced the Bucs to improvise at the position in their first game.