Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot, out) did not practice Wednesday. Doug Martin (hamstring, out) did not practice Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Antone Smith is the most likely back to lead the team in touches this week, but it’s a fluid situation.
The Buccaneers lost another running back to injury in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Raiders, which has led them back to a player who opened the year on the roster before being waived with an injury.
Running back Mike James made the Buccaneers’ initial 53-man roster before being waived/injured before the season opener and eventually released with an injury settlement. He spent time with the Lions practice squad earlier this month, but recently became eligible to return to the Buccaneers and, per multiple reports, that’s exactly what he will do.
Rodgers suffered a sprained foot and joins Doug Martin and Charles Sims as injured members of the Tampa backfield. Sims is on injured reserve, but Martin can return at any point if his hamstring is healthy. With the Bucs on a short practice week before the Falcons this Thursday, the wait for Martin may have to wait at least another week.