Curry reinjures ankle, out for Sunday
After missing this entire week of practice, DE Vinny Curry has been ruled out of Sunday’s home game after reaggravating an ankle injury in last week’s loss at Carolina.
Curry previously missed two games — a win against Cleveland and a road loss at Cincinnati — with an ankle injury, but he returned last week and made one tackle on 41 snaps, playing 66 percent of the game. “These guys, they try hard to get back, and sometimes they try to come back too quick and they have a relapse on it,” Koetter said. “So Vinny’s going to be out this week.”
The defensive line can’t seem to remain healthy. DT Gerald McCoy missed the same two games as Curry with a calf injury, and rookie DT Vita Vea missed the season’s first three games with a calf injury.
Curry’s injury creates more opportunity for DE Carl Nassib, a post-preseason waiver claim from Cleveland who has played well. Nassib played just 29 snaps at Carolina — registering three tackles and a sack against the Panthers — and was Curry’s main replacement in the two games he missed, averaging 61½ snaps.
RB Ronald Jones (hamstring), OL Evan Smith (hip/wrist) and CB M.J. Stewart (foot) will also miss Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium.