Report: Pair of Bucs on the mend

Two Buccaneers will miss most if not all of the offseason program in Tampa as they recover from offseason surgeries.

Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson and weak-side linebacker Geno Hayes are on the mend, and the Tampa Tribune’s Roy Cummings report both will be on the shelf for some time. Wilkerson will be a free agent but the club has already started talking contract with him.

The left end had knee surgery a month ago and Hayes had surgery to repair a torn labrum. The good news is that both should be fully ready to go in advance of training camp.

Cummings speculates that Wilkerson could be forced into a reserve role, if he returns, behind Kyle Moore, who the team is anxious to promote.</p>

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