Buccaneers left tackle Derrick Deese (foot), right guard Jeb Terry (knee), left guard Matt Stinchcomb (back), fullback Rick Razzano (hamstring), running back Charlie Garner (knee) and Dexter Jackson (hamstring) didn't play against the Dolphins due to injury. Anthony Davis started in place of Deese, Sean Mahan started in place of Terry and rookie Dan Buenning got the start in place of Stinchcomb. Will Allen started in place of Jackson.
Tampa Bay defensive tackle Anthony McFarland did not make the trip to Miami as he is still recovering from the death of his mother from a week ago. Ellis Wyms got the start in place of McFarland.
Linebacker Jeff Gooch left the game in the second quarter with a left calf strain and did not return. The extent of his injury was not known immediately after the game. Right tackle Kenyatta Walker had a knee strain and left the game, while defensive tackle Damien Gregory suffered a shoulder strain.
ROOKIE RUNNING BACK BATTLE
Miami's first-round draft pick, running back Ronnie Brown, made his NFL debut against Tampa Bay and recorded 20 yards on six carries (3.3 avg.). Brown's teammate at Auburn, running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who was Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick this year, had his best NFL outing, rushing for 28 yards on five carries (5.6 avg.) with a long of 13 yards.
Not only did Williams outrush Brown, but Brown fumbled the ball after a wicked hit from Bucs safety Jermaine Phillips. The ball was recovered by Tampa Bay linebacker Shelton Quarles.
However, neither Williams nor Brown led their respective teams in rushing. Ricky Williams led Miami with 59 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Bucs running back Earnest Graham led all rushers with 60 yards on 14 carries (4.3 avg.) and also scored a touchdown.
Veteran fullback Mike Alstott saw his first preseason action of 2005 against Miami. Alstott sat out the first two preseason contests for precautionary reasons after suffering a neck burner in training camp. Alstott was primarily used as a blocker and finished with just one catch for zero yards.
Although the Buccaneers got off to a great start penalty-wise in their first preseason game with just four infractions for 25 yards at Tennessee, Tampa Bay was flagged nine times for 85 yards in last week's loss to Jacksonville. The flags flew even more often against Miami. Tampa Bay finished the game with 10 penalties for 93 yards, but had a few other penalties, such as a holding call and 15-yard late hit infraction declined or negated.
Two of the more costly penalties were holding calls on guard Sean Mahan and safety Will Allen. Mahan's holding penalty negated a 47-yard touchdown pass from Brian Griese to Joey Galloway. Allen's infraction negated a Josh Bidwell punt that was downed inside the Miami 5-yard line. On the re-kick, Bidwell's punt was returned 24 yards out the Dolphins' 44-yard line by Miami punt returner Wes Welker.
Tampa Bay's starting defense gave up an eight-play, 77-yard drive that was capped off by a 4-yard touchdown run by Ricky Williams. ... New tight end Anthony Becht made his first catch as a Buccaneer at Miami and finished with four catches for 40 yards, including a 29-yarder. ... For the second-straight game, the Buccaneers defense did not record a sack. ... Cornerbacks Ronyell Whitaker and Ronde Barber led the Bucs in tackles with five apiece. Barber recorded an interception against Miami. ... Tampa Bay converted just 3-of-15 third downs (20 percent) of its third downs against Miami. ... The Bucs gave up five sacks with left tackle Anthony Davis and Becht teaming up to surrender two sacks to Jason Taylor. ... The list of healthy Tampa Bay players who did not play against Miami include safety Claudius Osei, wide receivers Larry Brackins, Kevin Youngblood, Chris Davis and Terrance Metcalf, quarterback Jared Allen, fullback Steve Kriewald and offensive linemen Sam Lightbody, Doug Buckles, Phil Bogle and Sam Wilder.
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