Nelson (knee) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.
Early reports suggested that Nelson may miss the season opener with a sprained MCL, but as evidenced by this news, appears ready to go for Week 1. The team may elect to slowly work in the rookie Sunday, especially considering he missed plenty of camp dealing with the injury, but his role remains unclear for now.
Nelson (knee) may not be ready for the season opener against the 49ers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Nelson suffered a sprained MCL early in training camp and hasn't played in any of the three preseason games. Even once healthy, the rookie fourth-rounder will likely be playing catch-up after missing so much time during his first camp.
Nelson has been held out of practice with a knee injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports
Nelson was unable to play in Friday's preseason opener, but it's unclear how long he's been battling the injury. The 22-year-old was a fourth-round pick in April's draft and figures to begin the season as a depth edge rusher for the Buccaneers, if healthy.
The Buccaneers selected Nelson in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 107th overall.
Nelson boasts a great deal of athleticism and production alike, as the 6-foot-7, 271-pound Iowa product posted excellent numbers across the board at the combine (4.82-second 40, 35.5-inch vertical, 11.18 agility score) after posting 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss as a junior last year. His weight might be a limitation in the meantime, as he could stand to add about 20 pounds to his frame to more conventionally project as a 3-4 end, but even so he's a candidate to contribute nickel snaps at end when the Buccaneers want to rotate out the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Noah Spence. Nelson could be a standout IDP within a couple years.
|Bye: Week 7|
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