Bears beat writer Michael C. Wright was asked how the team intends to cover the Lions' receivers:
Wright: To me, that's one of the most significant concerns for the Bears entering this game. As you already know, rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller's availability for this game is uncertain with him suffering a knee injury in the win over Tampa Bay. Fuller had been playing with a broken hand and a hip pointer prior to his latest setback. Fuller's injury didn't appear to be significant initially. But if Fuller can't go, the Bears would likely go with undrafted rookie Al Louis-Jean, who possesses similar size to Tillman (6-foot-1, 187 pounds). But would you want to put an undrafted rookie on Johnson? Tim Jennings (5-foot-8) would likely struggle matching up with Johnson. So Chicago would be in a tough spot if Fuller isn't able to play. If the Bears are forced to go with Louis-Jean, more than likely, the corners would probably stay on their respective sides with the defense giving the corner to Johnson's side safety help over the top, along with extra help underneath whether that's from a linebacker or the nickel.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. Jackson has a knee injury, which is a different ailment than the one he was dealing with last week (rib). Given the full participation on Friday, we have him penciled in our lineups, but owners should be aware that he may not be able to count on him playing through his questionable tag. The Buccaneers play early on Sunday.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson was previously missing practice due to a rib injury, so the knee injury (if the IR is correct) is new. We’ll monitor his participation this week.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 9. Jackson continues to nurse the rib injury but will be fine for a solid matchup against the Browns. He has been outplayed by rookie Mike Evans thus far, but should eventually get it going.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
If there's one subject that has been met with nothing but positive commentary this week, following the Buccaneers' overtime loss to Minnesota, it's the ever-improving play of Mike Evans, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft. By the raw numbers, Evans has been consistent all season catching at least four passes in each game he's played and usually falling somewhere between 50 and 80 yards per week. But everyone from his quarterback to his coordinator to himself believes that Evans is riding an upward trajectory towards potential stardom.
After Evans caught four passes for 78 yards (and had one other big play erased by a holding penalty back at the line), Head Coach Lovie Smith said in his day-after-game press conference that the Bucs' offense needs to get the ball in Evans' hands more often.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. Jackson is still dealing with a rib injury, though he should be able to play through it against the Vikings. Tampa plays early on Sunday. If V-Jax happens to sit, Mike Evans and Louis Murphy would both get a bump against a so-so Minnesota pass defense.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Buccaneers beat writer Pat Yasinskas: Coach Lovie Smith has been coy about his plans. My best guess is Mike Glennon will get at least one more start because Josh McCown returned to practice only this week and was out for more than a month. I think Glennon has played well enough to be the full-time starter, but I'm not sure Smith sees it that way. McCown was Smith's hand-picked quarterback and the two have history together from their Chicago days. Smith's history has shown he prefers to go with veterans. Back in Chicago, he once benched Kyle Orton, who was playing well, as soon as Rex Grossman got healthy. It wouldn't surprise me if Smith goes back to McCown.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 6. Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs expect V-Jax to play in Week 6. We’re probably more worried about Ravens CB Jimmy Smith than we are the rib injury. Tampa plays early on Sunday.
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) missed practice again Thursday. Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs expect V-Jax to play in Week 6. We’re probably more worried about Ravens CB Jimmy Smith than we are the ribs, though it would be good for Jackson to get a practice in on Friday.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm
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