Baker (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Baker has not practiced this week as he has been battling the flu and is unlikely to be available Sunday. The Buccaneers defensive line depth may be tested Sunday, as Jacquies Smith (illness) is also listed as doubtful.
Baker (illness) did not participate in Thursday's practice. Baker is one of two Bucs defensive linemen, with Jacquies Smith being the other, that has come down with the flu this week. The veteran tackle hasn't even been in the building, as the team is attempting to make sure the bug doesn't spread. Baker's practice status Friday will provide further clarity on his potential availability for Sunday's Week 3 road tilt versus the Vikings.
Baker (knee) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report and is expected to be available for Sunday's matchup with the Bears, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Baker has been battling the knee injury since July, and now he'll have his first chance to play with his new team. He'll be tasked with putting pressure on Bears quarterback Mike Glennon and containing the running-back duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
Baker didn't partake in Monday's practice due to a suspected right knee injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Buccaneers haven't offered an official comment regarding Baker's injury, but he was spotted icing his right knee on the sideline Monday, so that's presumably the reason behind his absence. Assuming the injury doesn't limit him too much during camp, Baker should open his first season in Tampa Bay in a starting role at defensive tackle after accruing 9.5 sacks over his past two campaigns with the Redskins.
Baker signed a three-year contract with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Baker had 47 tackles and 3.5 sacks with the Redskins last season. The 29-year old defensive end will fit in alongside William Gholston, Robert Ayers, and Gerald McCoy on the Buccaneers defensive line in 2017.
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