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Chris Conte injury: Bucs safety not expected to play

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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely be without safety Chris Conte against the San Diego Chargers. Conte missed yesterday’s practice with a chest injury, and ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported that he’s “expected” to miss Sunday’s game.

The Bucs signed veteran Major Wright to help shore up that part of their secondary, but Keith Tandy is more likely to get the start. While many Bucs fans have not been pleased with Conte’s performance, he’s actually played well over the past month — and Tandy hasn’t exactly played well in the limited playing time he’s gotten this year, either. With the Bucs facing one of the most prolific passing attacks in the league, that could pose a significant problem.

Other than that, though, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are mostly healthy. Gerald McCoy was not practicing yesterday, but told Sirius XM NFL that he’ll play this Sunday. There is still the case of backup center Evan Smith, who is likely to miss the game, but that is a relatively low-impact injury.

As for the Chargers, their most significant injuries are to cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion) and outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu (foot), neither of whom practiced on Wednesday. Attaochu is almost certain to miss the game, while Flowers’ participation is more likely but still in doubt.