News: Sims (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Impact: It's concerning that Sims was added to the injury report with an ankle injury Thursday after getting activated from the IR due to an ankle issue just three weeks ago, but Tampa Tribune writer Roy Cummings observed that Sims "seemed fine" at Friday's practice. To be clear, Sims practiced all week, it was just that he was limited Thursday and Friday after practicing fully Wednesday. It would generally be a surprise if Sims sat against Chicago, but if he does sit, Bobby Rainey figures to get the first shot at replacing him, even if Doug Martin (ankle, questionable) plays.
News: Martin (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Impact: Even if Martin plays against Chicago, it seems safe to say at this point that Charles Sims is the favored running back in the Tampa backfield at the moment, and Bobby Rainey might be ahead of Martin, too. Sims (ankle) is questionable for Sunday, however, so the equation could change for Martin if Sims sits. Martin was a limited practice participant all week, whereas Sims was added to the report as a limited participant Thursday and Friday after practicing fully Wednesday.
News: Verner (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Impact: Verner practiced in a limited capacity all week, but he did the same last week and still sat out Sunday. If he sits, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery might both feast. Of course, that could happen even if Verner plays.
News: Head coach Lovie Smith said Friday that David (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Bears.
Impact: Fortunately for David owners, the Bucs kick off during the early slate of games Sunday, so you'll know before the early lineup deadline whether the tackling machine will be operational Sunday. If David can't go, Brandon Magee is the most likely candidate to take his place.
News: David (hamstring) missed practice again Friday, the Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings reports.
Impact: After getting limited work Wednesday, David has now missed back-to-back days of practice, an ominous sign for his chances of playing Sunday at Chicago. We'll provide another update when the Buccaneers' release their official injury designations later Friday.