Curry rein­jures an­kle, out for Sun­day

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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.

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