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Bucs WR Jackson doubtful to face Falcons


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially listed wide receiver Vincent Jackson as doubtful for Sunday’s game at the Atlanta Falcons with a knee injury that is expected to sideline him multiple weeks.

The Bucs will be down two of their top three wideouts after Louis Murphy was placed on season-ending injured reserve earlier this week with a torn ACL suffered during last week’s loss at the Washington Redskins.

Jackson is tied for the team lead with Mike Evans with 21 receptions. The next closest wideout is Adam Humphries with two. Russell Shepard, who is returning from a hamstring injury and has one reception in three games, is expected to start opposite Evans with Humphries and fellow rookie Donteea Dye (one catch this season) vying for snaps as the third receiver.

The Bucs also listed defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (pectoral), tight-end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) and safety Major Wright (hamstring) as doubtful, while defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (groin) and offensive tackle Reid Fragel (concussion) have been ruled out.

The Falcons ruled wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) and safety William Moore (groin) out, while wide receiver Nick Williams (hamstring) is questionable and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (back) and linebacker O’Brien Schofield (knee) are probable.

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