Tampa Bay and Minnesota are coping with injuries to major contributors this week.
Tampa Bay offensive guard Carl Nicks (foot), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (calf), cornerback Brandon McDonald (ankle) and linebacker Adam Hayward (ankle) would have been limited had the Bucs practiced on Monday. Nicks and Jackson have started every game for the Buccaneers in 2012, and Jackson is coming off a 216-yard receiving performance against New Orleans. McDonald and Hayward have served primarily as reserves.
On the Minnesota side, defensive end Jared Allen (groin), running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and left tackle Matt Kalil (lower back) would not have been able to participate in a Monday practice session. Allen has 15 tackles this season, including six sacks, and Peterson is coming off his best rushing performance of the season. Kalil has started every game on the offensive line.
Thursday night's game is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET, with television coverage by the NFL Network.