Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jackson, Sims in Doubt for Preseason Opener

HC Dirk Koetter provided an injury update as the Bucs' preseason opener against the Eagles is just days away.

Pictures from the Bucs' training camp practice on Tuesday.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson and running back Charles Sims were held out of practice on Tuesday, and both may miss Thursday's preseason opener in Philadelphia.

Jackson, a 12th-year NFL veteran, has been given "veteran days" off in the past in an effort to keep him fresh for the regular season. In this case, however, his absence was injury related.

"He was a little banged up so he was sitting out," said Head Coach Dirk Koetter.

Sims had an ankle re-taped during the team's Monday practice at Tropicana Field but later returned to action. Koetter suggested on Monday that Sims did not have a significant injury, but the Bucs will obviously air on the side of caution when they have a 90-man roster to plumb on Thursday night.

"We'll have to see," said Koetter about Sims's availability in Philly. "We'll have to see about Charles, we'll have to see about Vincent. Anybody who's healthy will play, but if it's close on a proven guy we'll hold him out."

Wide receiver Louis Murphy and guard J.R. Sweezy will not play in Philadelphia as both remain on the active/PUP list. Neither has taken part in a training camp practice yet, and Sweezy has recently sought additional treatment.

"J.R. has been out of town and he's been seeing a doctor in California for the last couple days," said Koetter. "I'm not the doctor and I haven't talked to the doctor, but we'll let you know. As soon as we know something that we can tell you, we'll let you know."

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