Wednesday's injury and roster news: Antonio Brown, Antoine Winfield Jr. among Bucs limited in practice

The Buccaneers reached Wednesday with four key players still working their way through individual ailments.

Receiver Antonio Brown (knee), linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring), and safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) were all limited in Wednesday's session, coach Bruce Arians told reporters.

Arians added "most of them looked pretty good," via The Athletic's Greg Auman.

Brown wasn't able to go in the NFC Championship Game due to his knee issue, which has had two weeks to rest and heal with the hope he'll be available for Sunday's Super Bowl.

The receiver told reporters that "the arrow is pointing up as the week continues to unfold," regarding his injured knee.

Winfield was also unable to play in the conference title game, but seems to be on pace to potentially return in time to join his fellow safety Whitehead, who Arians said was wearing a non-contact jersey "but was flying around looking pretty good," via WTSP's Grace Remington.

Winfield told reporters that he'll play on Sunday, NFL Network's James Palmer reported, The safety has been a stud as a rookie and would provide a big boost to Tampa Bay's secondary, which will be tasked with trying to limit Kansas City's high-powered offense Sunday.

In addition to those designations, the Bucs later announced WRs Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (hip/quad) were full participants, and LB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) did not practice.

Here is other news Around The NFL is monitoring on Wednesday:

  • Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (knee) were the only Chiefs players who did not practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) were limited. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (toe), along with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip), cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot), offensive lineman Mike Remmers (groin), cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (concussion) and offensive lineman Andrew Wylie (ankle) were each listed as full participants on the team's official injury report.
  • The Washington Football Team promoted Eric Stokes promoted to senior director of player personnel.
  • The Detroit Lions announced a few additions to their coaching staff: Todd Wash as defensive line coach; Seth Ryan, son of former NFL coach Rex Ryan, as assistant wide receivers coach; and a pair of defensive assistants in Kelvin Sheppard and Brian Duker. Wash spent the last five seasons as the Jaguars defensive coordinator.
  • The Houston Texans are expected to add Miles Smith, the son of defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, as the linebackers coach, with Bobby King moving to defensive line, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Running backs coach Danny Barrett will also be retained, per Pelissero.

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