Tampa Bay G Carl Nicks (MRSA) and rookie CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Nicks continues to receive treatment for an infected blister on his left foot, but Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has not officially ruled him out of Sunday's opener against the Jets.
FB Erik Lorig (calf) and rookie RB Mike James (eye) were limited in practice.
For the New York Jets, QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder) and former Buc TE Kellen Winslow (knee) did not practice, as did LB Quinton Coples (ankle) and DL Leger Douzable (illness). Winslow is expected to play.
CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), DT Kenrick Ellis (back) and WR Santonio Holmes (foot) were limited in practice.
Stat of the day
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 0-6 against the Jets in New York. They faced 33-year-old Joe Namath in the first meeting in 1976. Now, it's rookie Geno Smith. The Jets lead the all-time series, 9-1.
In three Week 1 starts, Bucs QB Josh Freeman has completed 61 of 95 pass attempts for 579 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Tampa Bay beat Cleveland in 2010 and Carolina in 2012, sandwiched around a 27-20 loss to Detroit in 2011.
By the numbers
Although All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 2, the Jets finished 2012 with the league's second-ranked pass defense, yielding only 189.8 yards per game through the air. Opposing quarterbacks completed 53.8 percent of their pass attempts, well below the NFL average of 60.9 percent.
Quote of the day
“Training camp was so hard. There were some days I didn't think I was going to make it out there'' —
Akeem Spence, a fourth-round draft pick out of Illinois who will start at nose tackle.
Upcoming Bucs games
Sunday: at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Sept. 15: New Orleans, 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 22: at New England, 1 p.m.
Sept. 29: Arizona, 1 p.m.