Buccaneers' Evan Smith: Returns for limited practice Wednesday
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(12/7/2016) Smith (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.

The fact that he was able to get in any degree of activity represents an improvement for Smith, considering he had missed every practice since exiting the Week 10 contest against the Bears with his knee injury. If he's able to suit up Sunday against the Saints, he'll resume his customary role backing up starter Joe Hawley.


Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy: Doesn't practice Wednesday
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(12/7/2016) McCoy (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

This was likely a planned veteran maintenance day for McCoy, who didn't turn in a practice session until Friday of last week before ultimately suiting up and recording a sack against the Chargers in Week 13. The same pattern is likely to manifest itself this week as the Bucs gear up for a divisional showdown against the Saints on Sunday. We likely won't have real clarity on McCoy's Week 14 status until after Friday's practice session, given that he could well be given the day off again Thursday.


Buccaneers' Demar Dotson: Officially in concussion protocol
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(12/7/2016) Dotson is officially in the league's concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday.

The Bucs' starting right tackle's status for Week 14 against the Saints is thus very much up in the air. If he's ultimately unable to take the field, former Lions' first-round pick Gosder Cherilus is likely to step in for him.


Texans' Brian Cushing: Playing with broken bones
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(12/7/2016) Cushing disclosed Wednesday that he's been playing with broken bones in his back, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The back injury, which Cushing described as two fractures, cropped up during the loss to the Chargers in Week 12, but he hasn't missed time because of it. He's rung up 13 tackles, including one for a loss, and a quarterback hit the last two games.


Buccaneers' Jacquizz Rodgers: Could be in for expanded role Sunday
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(12/7/2016) Rodgers, who performed well in his return from a foot injury in the Week 13 victory over the Chargers, could seen an expanded role beginning this Sunday versus the Saints, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "It was good to get him back," (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken said. "I would assume he'll only be better this week in a little more of an expanded role."

Rodgers was likely slated to primarily work in on third downs this past Sunday in San Diego, but ended up serving as the primary ball carrier in the fourth quarter after Doug Martin exited for good late in the third period with a minor injury. The 26-year-old chipped in with 4.14 yards per rush, gaining nine of his 29 yards on the afternoon after contact. Rodgers also contributed a key 21-yard catch in the fourth quarter on a drive that culminated in the decisive 12-yard touchdown from Jameis Winston to Cameron Brate. While Martin practiced without restriction Wednesday, there is still speculation based on Monken's comments that Rodgers could see a slight uptick in touches this coming Sunday against the Saints, although it's unclear how the likely activation of Charles Sims from injured reserve would affect that projection. However, given head coach Dirk Koetter's assertion that improving the running game for the stretch run will be "a point of emphasis for us this week", it appears likely that both Rodgers and Sims will see their fair share of work against New Orleans, with the exact division of labor behind Martin still to be determined.


Giants' Coty Sensabaugh: Added to injury report
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(12/7/2016) Sensabaugh (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

A previous source marked Sensabaugh absent from the injury report, but the Giants' official site presented a discrepancy. Thus, Sensabaugh is likely not in the clear regarding his injured ribs and his status for Sunday's game is back in question.


Eagles' Ryan Mathews: Set to return Sunday versus Redskins
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(12/7/2016) Mathews (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, Philly.com reports. "He's good to play," head coach Doug Pederson affirmed. "He's cleared and ready to go... hopefully we can get back to running the ball like we did a few weeks ago."

Mathews missed the past two games due to an injured knee and the Eagles' rushing attack took a step back as a result; the team gained just 134 yards on the ground in both contests combined. While the former first-round tailback projects to regain starter status Sunday, reverting rookie Wendell Smallwood to backup duties in the process, Darren Sproles will almost certainly maintain his role on passing downs. Regardless, each in the trio will look forward to a meeting against a Redskins defense that has allowed 122.5 rushing yards per game when playing on the road in 2016, fifth-worst in the league.


Vikings' Stefon Diggs: Full practice Wednesday
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(12/7/2016) Diggs (knee) practiced in full Wednesday.

With nearly a week to recover from his return in Week 12, Diggs' unhinged showing Wednesday proves that his knee injury is growing ever smaller in his rear-view mirror. Although he's the No. 1 target in the mind of quarterback Sam Bradford, Diggs may be hard-pressed to produce Sunday against a Jaguars defense that has surrendered just 95.8 yards per game and two touchdowns to wideouts over the last five outings.


Seahawks' Luke Willson: Full practice participant Wednesday
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(12/7/2016) Willson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

As long as he sustains such a workload this week, Willson will uphold head coach Pete Carroll's belief that the tight end is poised to end his DNP streak at one game Sunday in Green Bay. By doing so, Willson will serve as the primary backup to Jimmy Graham.


Seahawks' Paul Richardson: Limited Wednesday
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(12/7/2016) Richardson (hamstring) logged a limited practice Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Richardson didn't practice at all last week en route to inactive status Sunday against the Panthers. With a limited showing under his belt already this week, he's certainly trending toward a return. However, Friday's injury report will have the final word on his availability for Sunday's contest in Green Bay.


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