With practice weeks wrapping up for the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Jaguars, so too are the injury updates.
Good news for the Fins as coach Adam Gase announced Friday that left tackle Laremy Tunsil is out of concussion protocol and available to play Sunday against the Bears. As we wrote earlier in the week, Tunsil will be vital in helping try to get Chicago’s monster defensive end Khalil Mack blocked.
Defensive back Bobby McCain has been bothered by a bad knee this week, but proclaimed that he will be playing Sunday against the Bears receiving corp that wiped out the Bucs two weeks ago in a 45-10 blowout.
Chicago, coming off their bye week hopes to have defensive back Prince Amukamara return from a hamstring injury. Amukamara missed the win over the Bucs and has had another two weeks to try to play against the Miami receivers like Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.
The Bucs got some good news, as both tight end O.J. Howard (knee) and defensive tackle Beau Allen (foot) were both able to practice this week and are both listed by the team as questionable to suit up for Tampa Bay Sunday in Atlanta. Specifically for Howard, this is a surprise, as it was believed that his knee sprain suffered two weeks ago in Chicago would keep him out at least for this game off the bye week. We’ll wait to see if he is active for the game.
As for the Falcons, a foot injury will sideline running back Devonta Freeman with coach Dan Quinn ruling him out already on Friday afternoon. That means the Falcons will count more heavily on Tevin Coleman to “tote the rock” for them against the Bucs. Atlanta also ruled out defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, as well, on Friday with his ankle injury.
As for the Jaguars, we already know that running back Leonard Fournette has been ruled out for the fourth time in five games with his hamstring injury. So, that means that T.J. Yeldon and newly signed Jamaal Charles will be counted on to carry the ball against the Cowboys Sunday.
Defensive back Jalen Ramsey has been limited in practice for the second straight week with a knee sprain, but is listed as questionable to for Sunday. Coach Doug Marrone, who isn’t known for being even remotely forthcoming with injury updates, said they would “monitor the situation” on Ramsey’s status. Look for him to play.
Dallas will be without middle linebacker Sean Lee again this week with his hamstring injury, but defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence returned to practice Friday on a limited basis with his shoulder injury. He is listed as questionable and could play.
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