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November 5, 2010 @ 8:45 am
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Banged Up Bucs Head To Atlanta

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The Buccaneers will be without several key players as they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons for NFC South supremacy. Tampa Bay's offensive line will remain the same from a week ago as center Jeff Faine and right tackle Jeremy Trueblood have been ruled out for the Falcons game.
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons this Sunday, first place in the NFC South will be on the line. If they Bucs are going to win, they will have to do it without three offensive starters.

During his Friday press conference, head coach Raheem Morris revealed that center Jeff Faine (quadriceps), right guard Jeremy Trueblood (knee), and fullback Earnest Graham (hamstring) will not play against the Falcons. Morris said that he would have the same five offensive linemen starting against Atlanta that played last week in Arizona. That group consisted of Donald Penn, Ted Larsen, Jeremy Zuttah, Davin Joseph, and James Lee.

“Yes, we’ll have that same core of guys,” said Morris. “We’ll be able to go out there and let those guys get better. It was fun to see Larsen get better in his second week. It’ll be fun to see James Lee get better in his second week as well.”

Faine and Trueblood each were limited in Wednesday’s practice, but both were unable to participate in Thursday or Friday’s practice.

Meanwhile, Graham has been dealing with off the field issues, but that is not why he will miss the upcoming contest. Morris is trying to rest Graham now in hopes that his hamstring problem will heal.

“He’s been dealing with it throughout the season and he’s been limited, probable, and did not practice, and all those things,” said Morris. “Last week he stepped it up for us, but he won’t be able to do it this week. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a setback, but we have to find a way to get that thing better as fast as we can because they can bother you for the season if you don’t fix it now.”

The Bucs will also be thin at the defensive tackle position. Veteran Ryan Sims (knee) will also not be able to play. This comes just days after the Bucs lost rookie defensive tackle Brian Price for the season. Morris said that he would have to choose between newcomers Alex MaGee and Al Woods for that third defensive tackle spot behind starters Gerald McCoy and Roy Miller.

As for the rest of the injury report, McCoy (neck), tight end Kellen Winslow (knee), defensive end Kyle Moore (shoulder), and wide receiver Preston Parker (knee) are probable. Second-year wide out Sammie Stroughter has been dealing with a foot injury and is listed as questionable.
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    I just don't get some of you people's disdain for Trueblood. It must be for his occasional false starts. It always cracks me up when people have this unsubstantiated belief that the back-up player is better than the starter. That is common among quarterbacks, but right tackle? First Kenyatta Walker and now Trueblood. Does it ever occur to you that players are back-ups for a reason? Guys, it's not a good thing to have three starters out on the offensive line. If for no other reason, the lack of continuity.
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    Well said scubog. There are so many fans that think you can just plug and play practice squad guys anywhere and they can be better than starters. Trueblood is prone to a penalty here and there, but the guy is a good blocker. James Lee has done well given the circumstances, but he has been penalized something like 4 or 5 times in the last two games, and was responsible for a sack given up last week. How is that really any better than what they criticize Trueblood for?
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    I don't think this game is a win. Hope I'm wrong. Still think the Bucs' are going to make the race to 10. O-line is fine w/o Trueblood. Next year too. Not dissapointed to see Grahm out. Step up Lorig, I think this is what they're grooming you for. A steady game out of Blount is better than a surprise Fullback Dive.Talib, show me! A good game to watch. I don't think the Falcons are a "Heavyweight" but they're the best Middleweight team the Bucs' have played thus far. I'm glad ALL the fans get to see this one. Go Bucs!!
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    I like the idea of Lee (he looked good last week) and Larsen, and even Zuttah at Center - get them some reps! I think the game is winnable (I wouldn't have thought that before the season), but I won't be distraught if we lose BUT hold our own and NOT get blown out (like Pitt and NO).
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    Man up Bucs! It's time to see whether we can take the big step to the next level. If we put a lot of pressure on Ryan we can beat this team. There running game won't beat us; it will be Ryan if we can't stop him from throwing. Go Bucs! Make it happen!
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    The fact that we don't have Price or Sims at DT worries me. 30+ carries for Turner this week..... Can we stop him?
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    You don't see cRuud on the injury report, because he never takes a hit...ha ha!
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    Any idea whether Magee or Woods will get to play? (If all else were equal, I'd say Magee because he's been here longer and would know the system better.) What about Hotlanta? What are their weak positions this week? Or did everyone there heal up?
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    Not sure about the rest of you, but I am more than excited that Trueblood wll not be playing in this game. Lee is much stouter, and stronger than Trueblood, and plays with a nasty streak that Trueblood just doesn't possess. I think this will be Trueblood's last year anyway, Lee starts next year and we draft a tackle in the 3rd or 4th round. This is a BIG game!! Need to have our best horses on the field. By the way, my prayers to Earnest Graham and his family during this hard time...I lost my mother, I know how that feels.
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    No excuses. Football players play football to win. (Capt Obvious statement of the week...) :)
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