Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Johnson, Green Show Improvement

Several injured Buc starters, including RB Warrick Dunn and WRs Keyshawn Johnson and Jacquez Green, reported to team headquarters on Tuesday


WR Keyshawn Johnson caught everything in sight on Sunday but paid for it near the end of the game with a hip strain

Though Tuesday was an off day for the Buccaneer players, running back Warrick Dunn did some light running at team headquarters under the supervision of Head Trainer Todd Toriscelli. Dunn sustained a hamstring injury on Sunday to add to his ongoing struggle with a foot sprain, throwing into doubt his availability for practice this week.

Dunn came in on Tuesday to get an early evaluation of his status, though the run failed to clear up the matter as his condition was mostly unchanged from Monday. The training staff did get a firmer grip on the nature of his injury, believing it to be a mild strain instead of just soreness due to cramping. In effect, Dunn experienced cramping in his right hamstring during the game, then strained it slightly taking a few steps while the muscle was in this cramped state.

Monday night, Dunn was optimistic about his chances to play on Sunday against the Vikings.

"Right now, I'm probably 90, almost 95 percent," he said. "My foot is starting to feel better, now I have to worry about the hamstring."

The Bucs' two starting receivers, Keyshawn Johnson and Jacquez Green, also reported to One Buc on Tuesday for further treatment on their injuries. Both players have a combination of injuries, actually – Johnson is dealing with a deep thigh bruise and a hip flexor strain while Green has strains in his groin, hip and abdomen.

While Dunn's condition was static, both Johnson and Green showed marked improvement, more so, perhaps, than the training staff had expected. It's likely that each will be considered questionable on Wednesday's initial injury report.

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