Bucs head coach Raheem Morris told Buccaneers.com that safety Tanard Jackson will make his season debut this Sunday against the Eagles. The talented playmaker who started in every game for the Bucs over the past two seasons was suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Morris watched him in practice this week, where the temperatures were nearly 100 degrees each day, and decided that Jackson is ready to be on the field.
"Tanard's going to play," Morris told the team's official web site. "How much will be determined by the coaching staff at some point here. He looked good this week, came back, looked like he was in shape. He's been doing the right things, obviously. He had no problem with the heat. It was great. We got a record-breaking week (of temperatures) for him so it was good to get him out there and run him around."
Jackson is a sure-tackler who can help bolster the team's 18th-ranked pass defense. The Bucs have been susceptible to the deep ball in the first four games. They already lost starting safety Jermaine Phillips for the year due to a broken thumb.
As the Bucs welcome Jackson back, they will not have starting center Jeff Faine who is out with a triceps injury. Also out for the Bucs is defensive end Kyle Moore.
Antonio Bryant, the team's leading receiver in 2008, is questionable because of knee soreness. Bryant has played in three of the team's first four games and scored a touchdown last week against the Redskins. He underwent knee surgery in the off-season and has had post-operative soreness that was not expected.
Defensive end Gaines Adams is also questionable. Last week, Adams played arguably the best game of his career even though he was a game-time decision with a groin injury. This week, however, he's a game-time call with an ankle injury. Running back Earnest Graham (hamstring) and cornerback Torrie Cox (ankle) are also questionable.
For the complete injury report for both teams, click here.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:42 p.m., October 9