LB Beck­with im­proves

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Time is tick­ing for sec­ond-year LB Ken­dell Beck­with, who was cleared to re­turn to prac­tice late last month af­ter a car wreck that in­jured his an­kle placed him on the non­foot­ball-in­jury ac­tive list to open the sea­son.

The Bucs have a 21-day win­dow to de­cide whether to place Beck­with on the ac­tive ros­ter or place him on the non­foot­ball in­jury in­ac­tive list, which would end his sea­son. Koet­ter said Fri­day that Beck­with wouldn’t be ac­ti­vated for Sun­day’s game, but he had shown im­prove­ment.

“Ken­dell had a much bet­ter week this week than he did last week,” Koet­ter said. “It will be a com­bi­na­tion of the doc­tors. The doc­tors have to give him full clear­ance and then he’s go­ing to have to feel good about it. I’ll just say that it’s a lot brighter to­day than it was three days ago.”

The Bucs have un­til Nov. 20 to make their ros­ter de­ci­sion, so Beck­with has one more week of prac­tice to show he’s healthy.

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