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Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't practice on Thursday

Players and coaches decided to practice on Tuesday so that they could have Thanksgiving off on Thursday. This might sound like a good thing for Cincinnati, but Tampa is loaded with injuries that mostly require rest.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers accordingly copied and pasted their injury report from Wednesday, into Thursday's bracket and called it a day. Per Greg Auman with the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers didn't practice on Thursday.

Players and coaches elected to practice on Tuesday, but weren't required to fill out a practice report. Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith isn't concerned about moving practice up a day. "Of course we practiced a little bit earlier this week, so we assumed we'd have a couple more bruises and bumps," Smith said via the Tampa Bay Times. "Hopefully by game time, some of the guys will be ready."

The Thursday break may be a good thing for Tampa Bay. Starting linebacker Lavonte David, who is the only NFL player since Week 1 in 2013 with 250-plus tackles (260), five-plus sacks (7) and five-plus interceptions (5), missed his first career game last week with a hamstring.

David, who sat out on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, "has a chance" to play against Cincinnati this Sunday.

"(David) is definitely getting better and has a chance," said Smith via the Tampa Bay Times. "We take our time with hamstrings. But he is doing some things on a limited basis. Not necessarily practice, but just kind of getting back into it."

Starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith also sat on Tuesday and Wednesday, dealing with an illness this week.

Cincinnati mostly kept to the same routine, except that they practiced earlier in the day as to have the afternoon free. Linebacker Nico Johnson and wide receiver Greg Little sat with an illness and Andrew Whitworth had his usual rest day. Vontaze Burfict and Margus Hunt sat with injuries and aren't expected to play Sunday. Everyone else, save for safety George Iloka and defensive end Robert Geathers (both limited), were full participants.