A few roster items became clearer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Friday's two-hour morning-to-afternoon practice. While the team's injury report actually grew by one player, the overall impact of that list was actually lessened.
The Bucs now have eight players on their official injury report for Sunday's game against Minnesota, but all eight are considered probable. By the NFL's probable-questionable-doubtful-out system, that means that each of those eight individually has a 75% chance of suiting up for the Vikings' game.
Those eight players are: DT James Cannida (hamstring), LB Jeff Gooch (shoulder), TE Patrick Hape (knee), G Randall McDaniel (quad), LB Shelton Quarles (groin), DE Steve White (ankle) and WR Karl Williams (knee).
Of course, we now know that one of those eight players actually has a 0% chance of taking the field on Sunday. Williams was one of four Buccaneers named inactive on Friday afternoon, along with G Kevin Dogins, S David Gibson and FB Charles Kirby. The Bucs have to name a total of eight players inactive, with the other four coming on Sunday.
Williams has made a speedy recovery from a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, suffered at Washington on October 1, even taking part in portions of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. However, the coaching staff decided that one more week of rest would be the best course of action for the receiver.
The most recent addition to the injury report was Hape, who was added on Friday after suffering a slight knee sprain in practice. The player eliciting the most concern was McFarland, the starting nose tackle and third-leading sacker (5.5) for Tampa Bay. McFarland started out as questionable after aggravating an existing tricep injury on Wednesday, but was upgraded to probable on Friday. As Head Coach Tony Dungy informed users involved in a Buccaneers.com chat session after Friday's practice, McFarland expects to play and Dungy believes that he probably will.