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December 6, 2010 @ 4:32 pm
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Talib And Faine To Injured Reserve

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Bucs CB Aqib Talib and C Jeff Faine are both out for the year. Talib suffered a hip injury and Faine suffered a triceps injury against Atlanta.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost two more starters to injury. Pewter Report has learned from sources with the Bucs that cornerback Aqib Talib will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury and has been placed on injured reserve. The Buccaneers also placed center Jeff Faine, who suffered a triceps injury against the Falcons, on injured reserve as well.

Faine suffered a triceps injury in the first game of the 2009 season. That caused him to miss four games last year. This season Faine missed four games with a quadriceps injury. 

With Faine likely headed for injured reserve the Buccaneers will plug Jeremy Zuttah in at center. The third-year pro Zuttah played the four games at center that Faine was out. Replacing Zuttah at right guard will be either Derek Hardman, Brandon Carter, or right tackle James Lee. If Lee is moved inside to guard than veteran Jeremy Trueblood would go back in at right tackle.

Tampa Bay’s offensive line has been dealing with multiple injuries all season long. Last week veteran guard Davin Joseph broke a foot and was placed on injured reserve. Left guard Keydrick Vincent missed two games to a back injury and was released when he was healthy. Rookie Ted Larsen took over the starting duties at left guard and held on to them after Vincent was cleared to play following a back injury. Trueblood missed a few games with an MCL sprain and never received his starting job back due to the play of Lee. With Faine likely out for the year Tampa Bay will have their seventh starting combination along the offensive line. 



Talib will be replaced in the starting lineup by cornerback E.J. Biggers. The second-year pro Biggers replaced Talib after he injured his hip in the second quarter against Atlanta. With Biggers going into the starting lineup the Bucs will look to rookie Myron Lewis and veteran Elbert Mack to be the nickel cornerback. Talib was tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions prior to Sunday’s game.
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    I don't think it was a complete tear or else it would require surgery. Everything I read is looking at 4-6 months to heal. Not even close to the Bo injury either btw.....the reason Bo's career ended was due to Avascular Necrosis(result of decreased blood supply) which caused the femoral head to deteriorate.....leading to hip replacement. Although I could be wrong I don't believe Talib's injury will be that severe.
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    I believe if Aqib tore a tendon than it will take about 9 months to a year cause thats what the docs told me how long
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    Well at least Talib won't punch a ref this year!
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    talibs injury is very concerning, i believe this is the same injury that derailed bo jackson,tendon tore off the hamstring.hopefully they are not the same or as severe. but if it is in fact the same injury this sucks.go bucs one week at a time
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    Ouch! Looks like the odds have caught up with us. I figured Faine was going to IR and hoping Talib wouldn't, but it it what it is. I wonder where the NFL people are getting statistics to back their 18-game season proposal. I suspect the owners are going to be too cheap to up the numbers of players on game day, practice squad, and total team.
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    Losing Talib will definetly hurt but I have to respectfully disagree with Horse that it is a career killer. It's a tendon tear off the bone that shouldn't require surgery so as long as he sticks to his rehab he should be fine for next season. Not too worried about Biggers covering the Skins or Hawks wideouts but it does concern me against CJ and the Saints recievers. This team has far exceded my expectations this season so as long as we finish fighting I have no complaints.
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    sunrisejett, I hope I am wrong too and we should know very soon how serious it is. It's his recovery time is what I am concerned about. Does anyone know if he has had some serious rehab experience from before?
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    Horse, I hope your wrong. This guy was on his way to a record season in Tampa. with Barber on his way out, we need to have Talib healthy next year. It was amazing how many good players we were able to pick up this yr in the Draft, but we had a lot of picks and we were high in the draft in all the rounds. Duplicating that next yr will be hard to do. We cannot keep having high draft picks bomb out or leave because of injuries or mental illness. We need to have some long term success in that area or we will continue to flounder.
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    Seat26, I hope I am wrong too.
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    Horse while I agree that it is very serious but it will not require surgury so he will most likely recover. I don't think his career is over and I think he comesback next season and plays lights out like he has been doing. Good Luck Aqib Talib we are all pulling for you.
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    Bucfan7, I hope so to, but this is a tendon tear and i believe a long rehab period. Any Doctors out there that can enlighten us?
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    By the PR: wake up! Your last Article is unreadable!
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    I feel bad that any player is injured much less go on IR, but this is interesting for us. We get to see some more young DB's and some more new OL players. Faine is not worth the money he is being paid and I predict that he will not make the rooster next year. He is gone! Talib injury is serious and I don't know if he will overcome this injury. It is serious. This might be a career ending injury for him in Tampa because of the competition that we already have here. I like the kid, but he has to focus on his injury and I am not sure that he can stay that focused in getting back prior to his abilities before the injury. Only time will tell. Regardless, Barber still has another year in him and Biggers and Lewis will continue to get better. Don't be that surprised if Joseph is also done in Tampa? Rudd and Trueblood are gone for sure. We have a lot of players who are getting the chance to play and we are better quickly without the players on IR. All we need is 1 or 2 DE's and a big MLB in the draft and we are back! Go Bucs! One win at a time!
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    yah lets just get rid of our best defensive player, great idea
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    Get everybody injured out on reserve now, we're not going deep into the playoffs if by some stretch we actually do make it. Give the rest of the youngsters their chance to shine (I won't doubt too much anymore, given what all the rookies and "practice squaders" have been able to accomplish to this point).
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    Doh! Injuries are forcing the wheels off the wagon :( Here's to building on a very productive season! These young bucs are only going to get better next year!
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    Sweet merciful crap! This season rivals our 2004 season in terms of injuries, only that year they were mostly on the offensive side of the ball. This year they are all over the place. I have to tip my hat to the O-line coach. I still feel we have a chance to win the remainder of the regular season games because our backup O-linemen have been playing well. There's no way we would have survived this if Muir was still here. He couldn't get his starters to play as well as the backups we have now. Hat's off to Lake also. I don't think M. Lewis is playing all that bad given that he's a rookie who had almost no offseason training. I'll evaluate him after next season when he's had an offseason of OTA's and training camp.
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    Oh man. I expected that Faine might end up on IR but Talib ?? That is really going to hurt.
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    It is also a shame that Talib's injury he could have taken that play off because the run was on the complete opposite of the field and the ball was not even near him.
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    This is not good at all. Talib is a key part to the Defense and I dont think we will be able to handle this loss. Zuttah was good a Centre but now we got to rely on another rookie or 3rd string for a guard spot.... Brandon Carter? He was good at TTU but he might not be ready for the pros. EJ is good but not good enough to play vs #1 WR's yet. We could still win the next three games but this just makes the Saints game even harder. Hopefully the Pass rush will get going some more to help the secondary.
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    EJ did a pretty good job for a guy who was just thrust into action with probably little preparation against one of the best WRs in the league.
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    Well, this is what we will have to look forward to when the season expands to 18 games. There is no other violent sport like NFL! Modern day warfare in the trenches. Just watch the kick-off or punting situations. Run as fast and as hard as you can and dislodge the ball from the ball-carrier! ... I love it! We must look for the positves in this horrible situation with the injuries to our starters. We will find out if we have some players behind the regular starters. We can evaluate the talent level in order to set our priorities for the draft and free agency. I like the spunk and attitude of our young back-ups. This is their chance to showcase their talents! Perhaps we will be able to unload some of the higher priced veterans and keep the kids who have more upside, in turn allowing us to spend money on those Free Agency positions we need to fortify! The future is bright for the BUCS and I believe we will field a much better team next year. Go Bucs!
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    Well, let's see what the backups have the rest of the year since our post season chances are pretty slim. Myron Lewis definetly needs the reps. Dude can't cover my trashcan yet.
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    Oh well...we were very healthy for most of the year but this game has a way of catching up with every team and it's catching up to us now. That's 4 players in two games and all of them starters. OUCH!! I think EJ will fill in fine for and Zuttah will do OK but we are getting pretty thin.
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    Injury bug got us late to big players. This is sad, hopefully this luck wont carry over next year.
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