Wester (lower leg) is not expected to play in Friday's tilt against Detroit, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Wester has been sidelined for over two weeks with his leg injury and he remains without a clear return timetable. He's likely looking at a backup role with Tampa Bay when he gets back on the field after being a key reserve for the team in 2017.
Wester (lower leg) did not participate in practice Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Wester observed practice from the sidelines but did not see the field. The 25-year-old has now missed a full week of practice, and he was spotted wearing a compression sleeve on his lower right leg. A key part of Tampa's offensive-line rotation last season, Wester's recovery timetable remains unclear.
Wester logged a two-yard touchdown reception on a tackle-eligible play in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.
Wester briefly engaged in a block before drifting into the left side of the end zone for an easy reception from Jameis Winston in the fourth quarter to bring the Buccaneers within a Patrick Murray extra point of a 21-21 tie. The second-year tackle remains a valued part of the Tampa's offensive line rotation.
Wester didn't appear on the injury report until Friday, but it appears the issue wasn't too serious. With Demar Dotson (knee) and Ali Marpet (knee) on injured reserve, Wester could see a larger role on the offensive line than he has to this point in the season.
Wester (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's Week 13 tilt against the Packers.
Wester apparently suffered the injury in Friday's practice, as he'd put in full sessions both Wednesday and Thursday. Given his status as a reserve lineman, a potential absence on his part normally wouldn't be much cause for concern. However, with the Buccaneers having placed both Demar Dotson and Ali Marpet on injured reserve this past week with knee injuries -- and Joe Hawley listed as questionable with an illness -- Wester was potentially slated for a bigger role than usual Sunday. Tampa promoted Mike Liedtke from the practice squad Saturday to serve as depth in case Wester and/or Hawley are unable to suit up.
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