The Skinny: Tampa Bay Bucs WR Vincent Jackson returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday after missing practice on Wednesday with a strained hamstring. Jackson is expected to play, but was tagged as questionable heading into this week’s contest against the Buffalo Bills.
The Injury: As I stated with Reggie Bush earlier today, hamstring strains (Bush’s was a calf strain) are nagging type injuries that don’t clear up with just one day of rest. So there’s no doubt that Jackson will feel a little something in that hamstring this Sunday, but it remains to be seen exactly how severe the injury is and how limited he will be by it. The fact that Jackson was able to return to practice on a limited basis as early as Thursday makes me believe that there’s no doubt he WILL play. The only real question with any of these muscle strain injuries is whether there will be an in-game setback, which can without a doubt happen.
Jackson’s injury is considered minor in nature, but no exact grade was given to his strain and the location of the strain remains unknown. Jackson is a WR with big play ability and will undoubtably have coverage rolled his way throughout the course of the game, so his elusiveness and ability to change direction on a dime will be tested as he attempts to play through this strained hammy.
The Prognosis: I don’t think there’s any doubt that Jackson will play (but, as always, you will check the final Inactive lists Sunday morning to be sure) and we know these injuries always leave us feeling uneasy since there’s always a change of recurrence. But I just haven’t seen enough information that makes me think that he’s at a significant risk of leaving the game early or being overly limited on Sunday. The fact that he returned to practice on Thursday is enough to give me peace of mind. Play Jackson this week.
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