Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon could be without the team’s top two receivers in his debut Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson were both held out again Thursday, missing practice for the second-straight day this week due to injuries.
Jackson suffered a rib injury last Sunday against the New England Patriots and left the game in the third quarter, while Williams suffered a hamstring injury.
“In this league, it is what it is,” head coach Greg Schiano told reporters in his post-practice press conference. “You don’t have lines of players so right now you’ve got to go with the guys you’re practicing with and if Vincent Mike are well, they’ll play.”
Through the first three games this season, Jackson and Williams together have accounted for over 68-percent of the team’s receiving yards and over 60-percent of its receptions.
Right now, Kevin Ogletree, kick returner Eric Page, and rookie Russell Shepard are handling the workload.
Schiano said he’s not concerned about limited reps Jackson and Williams will have with Glennon, in the event they do play.
“They have cumulative reps together. Would it be better if they had the whole week together? Sure. Very rarely does that happen. I shouldn’t say ‘very rarely,’ but it’s often that you don’t get reps with guys because that’s the nature of the beast.”
Tight end Tom Crabtree, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the preseason finale against the Washington Redskins, has been practicing on a limited basis and could be available Sunday.
Crabtree has not played in a regular season game for the Bucs, but in the preseason opener, he had a 61-yard reception off Glennon, suggesting the two may have some chemistry the team could tap into.