Short weeks are tough for every team. Playing Thursday night doesn't allow for adequate rest from the previous Sunday for anyone. And the Buccaneers could really use some rest right now. Monday's 'practice' was more of a walk-through to allow the players an easy day after yesterday's 38-31 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Multiple Tampa Bay players ended up banged up in the game, most notably wide receiver Mike Evans, who suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter. He came back in after getting it taped and finished out the rest of the game to the tune of seven catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Talk about toughness.
Wide receiver Chris Godwin remains a non-participant and Head Coach Bruce Arians said he's likely out for Thursday night's game in Chicago. Arians did say that running back Leonard Fournette could be available after missing yesterday's game, but he didn't participate in Monday's walk through. Running back LeSean McCoy was another player that went down with an ankle injury against the Chargers and didn't participate Monday, either. The Bucs could be looking at a depleted running back corps should neither player be able to go in Chicago.
The Bears list both defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and outside linebacker Khalil Mack on their report, though Hicks participated fully in Chicago's Monday practice.
Read below for the full injury report for both teams:
WR Mike Evans (ankle) – Did Not Participate
RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) – Did Not Participate
DL William Gholston (neck) – Limited Participation
WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) – Did Not Participate
TE Rob Gronkowski (shoulder) – Limited Participation
TE O.J. Howard (Achilles) – Did Not Participate
RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) – Did Not Participate
WR Scotty Miller (hip/groin) – Did Not Participate
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) – Limited Participation
WR Justin Watson (chest) – Did Not Participate
S Deon Bush (hamstring) – Did Not Participate
DT Akiem Hicks (hand/ankle/shoulder) – Full Participation
OLB Khalil Mack (knee) – Limited Participation
T Bobby Massie (thigh) – Full Participation
S Sherrick McManis (hamstring) – Did Not Participate
WR Darnell Mooney (shoulder) – Full Participation
ILB Josh Woods (thumb) – Full Participation