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Initial Injury Report Provides Some Optimism

The Bucs and Falcons released their initial injury report and the Bucs have some much needed players returning to the practice field

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The Buccaneers and Falcons released their initial injury report for the week six match-up and it could provide some optimism for Bucs fans.

With a depleted secondary, seeing Jordan Whitehead listed as a full participant is a slight sigh of relief. Not only that, but Beau Allen - who missed the last two games - was back at practice in a limited capacity. Should he play, that would give the Bucs Allen and Vea together for the first time this season as part of the defensive line rotation.

O.J. Howard who left the Bears game with a MCL sprain was also back at practice, well ahead of the projected 2-4 week timetable for his injury.

On the Falcons’ side, running back Devonta Freeman missed practice with a foot injury and is in serious doubt for Sunday’s game. That would mean the load would fall on Tevin Coleman, as it has for most of the season for Atlanta.

Things are looking up for the Bucs on the injury front, but we’re still four days away from the game and a lot can change between now and then.