Bucs practice report: Brent Grimes, M.J. Stewart return; still no DeSean Jackson

The Bucs' secondary is getting healthier with the return of two starting cornerbacks to practice on Wednesday.
Brent Grimes works out during practice in October in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Brent Grimes works out during practice in October in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published December 5
Updated December 5

TAMPA — It appears that the Bucs secondary†will get a boost for this week's division home game against the New Orleans Saints.

While rookie cornerback Carlton Davis, who missed last week's win over Carolina with a knee injury, didn't practice on Wednesday, corners Brent Grimes and M.J. Stewart did return to practice and didn't appear to be limited in the session open to media.

Grimes missed last week's game with a knee injury, and Stewart hasn't played in the past five games with a foot injury.

Last week, De'Vante Harris (70 snaps) and Javien Elliott (66 snaps) started with Davis, Grimes and Stewart out. Those snap counts were season highs for both players. Elliott made one of the Bucs' season-high four interceptions and recorded a tackle-for-loss, and Harris had three tackles and three pass breakups.

Safeties Isaiah Johnson (concussion) and Justin Evans (toe) both missed Wednesday's practice after leaving Sunday's game with injuries. Evans wore a boot on his right foot on Wednesday.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, whose left thumb injury kept him out of last week's win, was absent from Wednesday's practice.

Asked about Jackson's future with the team, coach Dirk Koetter didn't offer much insight.

"DeSean has got a thumb injury," Koetter said. "It's on the injury report and that's all I really know."

Offensive tackle Demar Dotson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (ankle/shoulder) were limited participants on Wednesday, and defensive end Pierre-Paul did not practice Wednesday with a knee injury. Both Pierre-Paul and McCoy have recently been limited in early-week practices and still played on Sunday.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.†

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