The Bucs (6-3) are back in business as they hit the practice field Wednesday in anticipation of their Week 10 tilt against the Panthers (3-6).
Tampa Bay released its initial injury report of the week and everything looked pretty good outside of Rob Gronkowski, who did not practice.
But don’t worry, my friends. Bruce Arians told reporters after practice that Gronkowski’s day off was just that: A day off.
“Gronk just had a veteran day,” Arians said Wednesday. “Ali is in the final phases of the [concussion] protocol. We’ll wait and see to evaluate, but it looks like he came out fine. [We will] wait and see if he gets any recurring headaches.”
We updated Ali Marpet’s status earlier today. The Bucs should have their best offensive lineman back in the saddle on Sunday, but we’ll obviously monitor that as the week continues.
The Panthers are on the opposite end of the spectrum, however, as Russell Okung and Christian McCaffrey did not practice. McCaffrey is not expected to play Sunday. Head coach Matt Rhule is optimistic Jeremy Chinn will play this week after missing last week’s game against the Chiefs. Chinn’s return would be a pretty big boost for the Panthers’ defense.
“Jeremy’s an impact player,” Rhule said Monday. “We’re hopeful that he’ll be available this week.
The fact that I thought maybe he’d play in the game in some sort of a role would lead me to believe that maybe he has a chance this week. But those knees, it comes down to swelling and all those different things. And sometimes it’s out of our control. So I’ll see tomorrow and Wednesday if he’s able to do anything Wednesday at practice.”
Check back in for updates as the week continues.