The Buccaneers list Jackson (thumb) as out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Jackson failed to practice in any capacity this week, making it inevitable that he would be ruled out for a second straight contest. Chris Godwin benefited the most from Jackson's absence in the Week 13 win over the Panthers, pulling in five of six targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. The second-year wideout could continue to earn plenty of attention from quarterback Jameis Winston on Sunday with the Saints expected to have top cornerback Marshon Lattimore trail Mike Evans for most of the day.
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken admitted after Friday's practice that Jackson (thumb) is unlikely to play Sunday against the Saints, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The news comes as little surprise after Jackson sat out the Buccaneers' Week 13 win over the Panthers, then failed to practice Wednesday through Friday. The Buccaneers haven't provided an official injury designation for Jackson yet, but it's expected the team will label him as doubtful or out when they release their final Week 14 practice report later Friday. With Jackson's second straight absence imminent, Chris Godwin should benefit from an uptick in snaps while working as the Bucs' primary downfield threat.
Jackson (thumb) wasn't spotted at the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. It's possible Jackson could get some work in behind the scenes, but it's more likely he will miss practice for the third day in a row, which would set the stage for him to miss his second straight game Sunday versus the Saints. The Buccaneers will reveal whether or not Jackson has any chance to play this week when they release their final injury report of the week later Friday.
Jackson (thumb) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. As anticipated, Jackson didn't fit in any activity behind closed doors after he wasn't spotted on the field in the media-access portion of the session. After sitting out the Week 13 win over the Panthers and with back-to-back absences at practice to open Week 14, Jackson looks to be trending toward another inactive status Sunday against the Saints.
Jackson (thumb) wasn't on the field for the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jackson's absence from practices Wednesday and Thursday adds further fuel to the notion that the wideout likely won't be available for a second straight game Sunday against New Orleans, if not shut down for the season. Chris Godwin took on a heightened role while Jackson sat out the Week 13 win over the Panthers, finishing with five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown on six targets.
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