Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson participated fully in practice this week and is officially listed as probable with a minor knee sprain. Jackson has only been targeted 12 times in the last two weeks, leading some to speculate that he isn’t 100% healthy. But report from practice this week indicated that he was not limited at all physically and should be a full go this week.
Injury Outlook: I would chalk up the lack of targets more to Jackson being the only viable receiving option at this point and less to his health. Jackson is getting blanketed on the outside, as the loss of both Doug Martin and Mike Williams to season ending injuries has really made it difficult for Jackson to free himself of double coverage. Jackson did not appear to have a limp or lack of burst at all against the Dolphins, so physically he appears to be just fine.
This week will be a nice barometer to see exactly how healthy and involved Jackson truly is. VJax tore apart the Atlanta Falcons secondary earlier this season, so the expectation would be that Jackson is in line for another big game this week. And Coach Greg Schiano is on record saying he wants to get Jackson more touches, so that bodes well for VJax this week.
The good news is that Jackson appears to be healthy and has no reported injury concerns at this time (remember, there aren’t many players in the NFL that are 100% healthy at this point, so a minor knee issue doesn’t concern me much). The bad news is that Jackson is the lone ranger right now in the Bucs offense and is totally reliant on the coaching staff and QB Mike Glennon figuring out creative ways to get him the ball. I think he still has a solid game this week, but maybe not as explosive as his last outing against the Falcons.
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