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Bucs WR Jackson ruled out vs. Panthers

Updated: 01-12-2018 01:44 IST

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson will miss Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers due to his thumb injury, coach Dirk Koetter told reporters on Friday.

Jackson suffered the injury during a Week 11 game against the New York Giants and has been trying to play through the ailment.

Earlier this week, he saw a hand specialist in Tampa and received a second opinion in New York. He returned to practice and was still having difficulties catching the ball.

The situation has added to Jackson's frustration level. There were reports he requested a trade earlier this season and his vocal support of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick furthered the perception that he isn't a fan of current starter Jameis Winston.

After some missed opportunities in last Sunday's victory over the San Francisco 49ers -- Jackson had three catches for 19 yards -- Koetter called for a meeting with Winston and Jackson.

"We went through the tape on the targets to DeSean where we missed him. You know, you're trying to find common ground," Koetter said. "We had DeSean open five other times and we didn't get the ball to him.

"We left a lot of yardage on the table when it came to just DeSean on routes that were designed to go to him or where the coverage dictated where it went."

Jackson has 40 receptions for 750 yards and four touchdowns this season. But 424 of the yards (on 17 catches) and three of the touchdowns came in September when Fitzpatrick was the talk of the NFL.

Also, Koetter said that linebacker Lavonte David (knee) and rookie running back Ronald Jones II (hamstring) will play against the Panthers. David, the team's leading tackler (71), missed the past two games and Jones sat out the last four.

--Field Level Media

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