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September 12, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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Stroughter Out Weeks, Price Listed Day-To-Day After Lions Game

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Two Bucs suffered injuries on Sunday in Tampa Bay's 27-20 loss to Detroit. DT Brian Price injured his hamstring and K  Sammie Stroughter hurt his foot on Tampa Bay's initial kickoff. Price is day-to-day, while Stroughter will have foot surgery and will miss several weeks.

The Buccaneers got out of Sunday's 27-20 loss to the visiting Detroit Lions in the 2011 regular season opener with just two injuries to kick returner and wide receiver Sammie Stroughter and defensive tackle Brian Price. Stroughter injured his foot in the first quarter and will miss at least a month's worth of action after having surgery, while Price pulled his left hamstring and is listed as day-to-day.

“Sammie Stroughter will have a small surgery tomorrow,” Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said. “It’s not major, but he will be out a few weeks and we will miss him a little bit. His backup, Preston Parker, stepped in and did a really good job yesterday and played well. He’ll get better with the practice reps, so we’ll look forward to that.”

Stroughter had a 78-yard kickoff return in the first quarter after Detroit took an early 3-0 lead that helped the Bucs tie the score at 3-3. The 2009 seventh-round draft pick injured his foot on the play and did not return to the game. After the game he was seen in the locker room on crutches with his foot in a boot. Morris said that Stroughter will not miss the season due to the injury.

“He’s not out for the season – just a few weeks,” Morris said. “We have Preston Parker, we have Spurlock and we also have Briscoe that can go in there and do a few things for us as well,” Morris said.

Stroughter missed the final four games of the 2009 season after breaking his right foot. Last year, Stroughter missed three games due to hamstring and back injuries. The 78-yard kickoff return is the second-longest of Stroughter's career. In 2009 during his rookie season, Stroughter returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Carolina, which tied the franchise record for the longest kickoff return in team history.

After missing all but the first five games of his rookie season due to pelvic and hamstring injuries, Price battled back from what was described as radical surgery last year to start at nose tackle in the team's season-opening loss to Detroit. But Price sustained an injury to his left hamstring in the third quarter that caused him to pound his fist to the turf and had to leave the game. The former second-round pick finished the game with two tackles and a tackle for loss.

Price's surgery involved fastening his hamstrings to his pelvis with screws, which is a procedure that no other NFL player has undergone. Morris indicated that there was not a hamstring tear.

“Brian Price will be day-to-day,” Morris said. “Hopefully we will get him back. He had one of his better games. I’m really pleased with how he played yesterday and how fast he got off the ball and some of the stuff he did for us at nose tackle.

“It was the hamstring. He has a hamstring deal and it’s a light one. But when he was out there he played well. You can’t take that away from him.”

Morris was not as pleased with Price's backups at nose tackle, Roy Miller and Frank Okam, as Detroit rushed for 126 yards on 35 carries (3.6 avg.), led by Jahvid Best's 72 yards on 21 carries. Okam and Miller each had one tackle against Detroit.

“We didn’t play well at the nose tackle position against the run, so we have to play better there at nose tackle,” Morris said. “Roy and Okam didn’t get very good get-off. We didn’t get very good play out of our nose tackle [position] and I’ll address that with them. This is not an indictment on them, but we have to get better play from our nose tackle position with our get-off and how we want to play the game.

“We needed better plays out of our studs. We need Quincy Black to play bigger, and Geno Hayes and some of those guys to play better and bigger for us. We had a couple of missed (opportunities). We missed two interceptions – maybe three – and there were some fumbles there early. We did score once on defense, but we had the opportunity to score twice with that fumble.”

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    Agree Dman. I would prefer to be without Price until he is completely healthy. Hate for him to come back too soon and be gone forever. Thought McCargo looked good in preseason. Overall I thought our Dline played with hustle. Their big plays will come, they're young - we need to be patient.
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    Why do we always think the guy that didn't make the team is somehow better than the guy who did?
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    Price hurt, we should have keep McCargo. He looked pretty good in the preseason, definetly a run stopper.
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    We got to get another Sammy ready, How about bringing another running back back into the fold. I can't believe that Blount didn't get more touches.And Why Did TAMPA LET CADDY GO, I DON'T THINK GRAHAM IS THE ANSWER, LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD FROM DAY ONE. ALL I CAN SAY I HOPE TAMPA GO IN 1ST OR 2ND ROUND AND GET A POWERHOUSE BACK. IN 2012. IS THERE ON E THE STREET SOMEWHERE. GO BUCS
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    And Spurlock needs to catch and return the ball or sit down. Ever since he started getting WRT reps, he's turned into a puss in the return game. He let at least three balls hit the ground yesterday that he should have fielded.
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    Put Price on IR - let him recover, heal this year, get into shape come back for full training camp next year. Saw him go down, grab his hamstring obviously in a lot of pain. My first thought was his career could be over. Take care of the guy otherwise it'll be over.
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    It seems like Morris is always hoping that he will have low round and undrafted players all of the sudden jump up and have a bunch of splash plays. If you have a CJ on your team, you get splash plays with regularity, if you have Ehrlacher or R Lewis on your team you get splash plays. A lot of these guys could give you one here or there, but they are just not pro bowl type players. I think the expectation that they will is flawed and if he counts on those plays every game to be effective and win, that is a problem.
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    You left a bunch of people off of the injury report, because I would hope that every player's pride was injured.
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    Price looked good but most of the D-Line did not. Claybon and Bowers flashed at DEF but also missed some key tackles. Very preseason like performance for most of the DEF.
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    Losing Stroughter for a few weeks is a disapointment, but Spurlock should step into the rteturn role and do fine. He's done well returning kicks in the past. I'm glad to see Price playing. I would imagine his hamstrings are a little tight after the procedure he had. It might take a few more weeks to get his conditioning back and to losen up the hamstrings.
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    Gant next man up. Parker will be much of the same
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    Price has out played GMC in preseason and against Detroit. The Bucs looked just like what they are - the youngest team in the NFL.
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    Bring Ed Gant to the lineup. He did really well during the preseason. Just my humble opinion... :)
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    They will sign no FA's to get themselves out of this...
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    Morris meant to say duds! Sign Brain Westbrook and Randy Moss now!
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    Morris calling Black and Hayes studs, thats a joke.Morris needs to take those rose colored glasses off and tell it like it is. Nobody should be called a stud until he has earned it. Black and Hayes, not even close!
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    Praise the lord about Price, Stroughter will be back but my question why is Spurlock not returning kicks i thought he did well doing that last yr doing that job.
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    That is excellent news on Price, he has shown a lot more flash than GMC. Here's to hoping that they play like an NFL team next week.
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    The team needs to pay attention to play count when dealing with everyone on the d line. Large men and hot weather and football can be a strenuous mix. We need to insure that they all stay hydrated properly, where is the wawawawaterboy when we need him to serve hi quality h20! Cramping is no fun for anyone, and with Prices past issues, he especially needs to be careful!
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    Price played way to much in this game. I hope there was a lesson learned here by Price and the Bucs to be even more cautious.
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    Whew I thought Price was done forever. Thank goodness.
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