Bucs tackle Tristan Wirfs, center Ryan Jensen return to practice

TAMPA — The Bucs may not have to worry as much about how they plan to protect Tom Brady in Sunday’s NFC division playoff game against the Rams.

All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs, who could not finish the 31-15 wild-card win over the Eagles due to an ankle injury, was suited up and had no discernible limp when he walked out with a group of offensive linemen for practice Friday.

That group included center Ryan Jensen, who also injured an ankle last Sunday.

Updates on:
– Wirfs
– Jensen
– Fournette
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Coach Bruce Arians conveyed cautious optimism about the pair’s status after practice, indicating he likely won’t make a final decision on the two until 90 minutes before kickoff, when both teams must release their list of inactive players for the contest.

“They both moved around in individual drills,” Arians said. “We didn’t put them in team stuff so they wouldn’t get tripped or anything. It’s still 48 hours and they’re progressing nicely.”

Jensen played every snap against the Eagles and seems the more likely of the two to remain in the lineup against the Rams. Wirfs was the bigger concern; he had a boot on his ankle earlier this week and had not practiced until he showed up Friday.

Running back Leonard Fournette, who has been on injured reserve the past four games due to a hamstring…

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