Looks like the banged-up Buccaneers are getting closer to having some of their veterans back on the gridiron.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski and cornerback Richard Sherman, along with linebacker Lavonte David, were spotted practicing in pads on Wednesday, indicating they could be taking the field in the not-too-distant future.
#Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs), LB Lavonte David (ankle), and CB Richard Sherman (hamstring) were all spotted in pads by local reporters during practice. Good sign.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2021
Gronkowski has been sidelined for four straight games due to fractured ribs and a punctured lung sustained against the L.A. Rams in Week 3. While coach Bruce Arians hasn't revealed whether Gronk will be available to play Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints, having the towering tight end back at practice is a good sign.
TE Rob Gronkowski is back at practice after missing four games with a rib injury. pic.twitter.com/rkafOkSyTA— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 27, 2021
Sherman missed one game due to a hamstring injury, but he was spotted helping coach Tampa Bay's defense while DBs coach Kevin Ross was out due to COVID protocol.
Perhaps the one negative coming out of Bucs practice is that Antonio Brown was spotted still walking with a crutch as he rehabs from an ankle injury.
Arians is expected to give updates on all players during his media availability on Wednesday.