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September 22, 2010 @ 8:15 am
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Faine Out, But Winslow And Huggins Return To Practice

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Scott Reynolds


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Wednesday's practice has just begun at One Buccaneer Place and there are a couple of notable things occurring. Center Jeff Faine is not practicing. Faine suffered  an undisclosed injury in the closing minutes of Tampa Bay's 20-7 win at Carolina and had to be replaced by Jeremy Zuttah. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said on Monday that Faine should be ready to go against Pittsburgh this week.

Middle linebacker Niko Koutouvides is also out of practice after missing the first two regular season games of the season. Koutouvides suffered a neck injury during the preseason.

Tight end Kellen Winslow, who missed every practice last week, but caught four passes for 83 yards in the win over the Panthers, is participating in Wednesday's practice. That is a positive sign for Tampa Bay as he continues to battle a troublesome knee that has undergone six knee surgeries.

Running back Kareem Huggins is also back in practice after missing the Carolina game due to injury. Huggins, who has yet to touch the ball in an NFL regular season game after leading Tampa Bay in rushing during the preseason, suffered a groin strain in practice last week.

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    As much as I'd like to see Huggins and / or Blount run the ball, this is not the game to introduce them to the NFL. Pass protection will be a challenge for even the vets, so I foresee a lot of Caddy and Graham once again. The young guys will likely get featured more after the bye week, barring injury.
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    Where's Stovall? Did I miss something here? What are we doing about obtaining a back up center? I only see a bandaid on the team right now if Faine can't play whether it is this game or one in the future. This might be Winslow's last year simply because of his knee not because of his heart. Go Bucs Stay Focused! Please Olsen throw in some different plays the Steelers haven't seen from us lately.
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    Horse, why are you so worried about Stovall? He sucks anyway. Add Center and TE to the 2011 needs list, faine and Winslow are too much of an injury risk at this point in their careers. Zuttah starting at center against Pittsburgh scares the hell outta me.
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    Huggins could be potentially become a liability in pass protection, especially against the Steelers. Put on your big boy underpants this week Huggy!!!
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    I agree. We certainly need something more in the running game other than what Williams and Graham have shown us so far. Huggy definately needs to see 10-12 snaps this weekend at least.
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    The "change of pace" back is something the Bucs running game has missed since Warrick Dunn. Hope to see him a lot against the Steelers.
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    Good to hear Huggy is back on the field. I'd be real interested to hear how the young RB's are doing in their limited snaps and learning the offense.
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