Some good news on the injury front for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: left guard Kevin Pamphile was able to participate fully in practice today, which suggests he’s recovered from his concussion and should be good to go for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
That’s much-needed to, as center Evan Smith was not able to practice. He’s expected to be out for about three weeks with a sprained MCL. Center Joe Hawley was once again limited in practice with a knee injury that caused him to miss the team’s last game. We’ll see whether he’s recovered in time for Sunday’s game. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers is also still out.
One surprise addition to the Bucs’ injury list is tight end Luke Stocker, the team’s primary run-blocking tight end and a key part of the running game. He could not practice with an ankle injury.
As for the Kansas City Chiefs, they have a massive list of injuries. Pass-rusher Tamba Hali was out with a knee injury, which may be the team’s most significant injury. Defensive end Jaye Howard, linebacker Derrick Johnson, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, cornerback Marcus Peters and defensive tackle Dontari Poe were all held out as well. It’s not clear which of those injuries is serious and which players are being held out as a precaution, though.