Expected back in Week 4
Coach Todd Bowles is optimistic that Jones (knee) will return in Week 4 against the Chiefs, as Jones was healthy enough to play in Sunday's 14-12 loss to the Packers but was held out for precautionary reasons, Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports.
The Buccaneers took the long-term view with Jones in Week 3, but the 33-year-old wide receiver is expected to make his return for Tampa Bay's high-profile Week 4 game. Tom Brady struggled to move the ball against Green Bay while working with a depleted receiving corps, but he'll be getting some major reinforcements in Week 4 with Mike Evans returning from his one-game suspension alongside Jones.
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Brate (illness) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Gage (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Fournette (hip) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Gage (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Friday.
Brate (illness) didn't practice Friday.
Brate didn't practice Thursday due to an illness.
Gage (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Fournette (hip) practiced in full Thursday.
Fournette (hip) is on the field for Thursday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Otton did not draw a target over 36 snaps during the Buccaneers' 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday.