Vikings deactivate receiver Jarius Wright for eighth consecutive week
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jarius Wright has reached the halfway mark of his rookie season without dressing for a game.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Wright among their seven inactives for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, along with quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, cornerback Brandon Burton, safety Mistral Raymond, linebacker Audie Cole, offensive lineman Mark Asper and tight end John Carlson.
Wright, the fourth-round draft pick from Arkansas, suffered an ankle injury in the preseason finale at Houston but has been healthy for some time. But the Vikings are moving forward with the other five receivers on the roster: Percy Harvin, Jerome Simpson, Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu and Stephen Burton.
It wouldn't be unprecedented for Wright to sit out the entire season. Two Vikings draft picks last season, offensive lineman DeMarcus Love and end D'Aundre Reed, were inactive for all 16 games in 2011.
Raymond (ankle) and Carlson (concussion) had been ruled out on Wednesday's injury report.
Cornerback Brandon McDonald, who had been listed as questionable with an ankle injury, was active for the Bucs. So was end Da'Quan Bowers, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list hours before kickoff.
Inactive for the Bucs were: cornerback Myron Lewis, running back Michael Smith, defensive back Keith Tandy, linebacker Najee Goode, guard Cody Wallace, receiver Chris Owusu and tight end Danny Noble.