The Bucs might have bigger injury issues. They already lost starting center Jeff Faine with a torn triceps muscle, and now two other starters -- wide receiver Antonio Bryant and free safety Jermaine Phillips -- are hurting. Bryant was limited in Wednesday's practice, but didn't do anything on Thursday due to a sore knee. Phillips was added to the injury report with a calf injury and was limited in practice on Thursday.
Bryant is the Bucs' best receiver, setting career highs with 83 catches and 1,248 yards last season. But he has been slowed by surgery in late August to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He wasn't able to finish the opener against Dallas because of knee fatigue.
Losing Phillips would be troubling because the Bucs are already thin at safety with starter Tenard Jackson serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's sustance abuse policy.