Askew return could boost Bucs' running game

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- This might not seem like a big deal on the surface, but it could be the best injury update the Bucs have had in a long time.

Fullback B.J. Askew, who hasn't played since Week Three, fully participated in practice Wednesday. That's a pretty strong sign Askew might be ready to return Sunday against Minnesota. Askew had been sidelined with a hamstring injury and the Bucs struggled to find consistency in the running game without him.

Backup Byron Storer had moved into Askew's starting role, but went out for the season with a knee injury in the sixth game. The Bucs have been using Jameel Cook as their fullback since then.

But getting Askew back would upgrade the blocking and likely be a big boost for Earnest Graham, Warrick Dunn and Cadillac Williams.