The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new starting quarterback for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, and we’ll see what strong-armed rookie quarterback Mike Glennon can do in his NFL debut. The great news for Glennon is that he is expected to have both of his injured receivers ready to play on Sunday, as ESPN’s John Clayton reported on the NFL Insiders show that both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are expected to play against the Cards.
Losing one of those two players would have been bad enough for the Buccaneers, but missing both starting wideouts would have been disastrous with a rookie QB under center. Vincent Jackson is one of the game’s best wide receivers, and he is an ace at creating mis-matches with his athleticism, speed, and 6’5″, 230 pound frame. The early season drops are nothing to be worried about, and he already has a whopping 265 receiving yards per game despite catching passes from a QB who was completing less than half of his passes.
Jackson and Mike Williams are both listed questionable on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers injury report, and both players finally returned to practice today after missing both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice sessions. Although they only returned to practice on a limited basis, they are indeed expected to play. They could very well end up being game-time decisions, but I would be beyond shocked if both are out and slightly shocked if either one of them is out.
Williams has a hamstring injury that he sustained last week against the New England Patriots, but it was a minor injury and he was able to return during the game. Jackson also sustained his injury in the loss against the Patriots, but his rib injury looked noticeably more severe than Williams’s hamstring issue.