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September 14, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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DT Price Praised By Morris, Earns Start vs. Vikings

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When Tampa Bay defensive tackle Brian Price dropped to his knees clutching his hamstring in Sunday’s Lions game, most assumed the worst. After spending the offseason rehabbing from a serious pelvic and hamstring injury, and what head coach Raheem Morris has described as having his hamstrings ripped off and reattached, it was a tough sight to see.

But not only was the injury just a minor setback, Morris said today in his post-practice daily news conference, the second-year defensive tackle will get the start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

“Brian Price looked good (in practice today)” Morris said. “He will get his first NFL start this week. He did a nice job last week and really played well. He will get the chance to get out there and get some more snaps in.”

Technically, Price got his first NFL start in the season opener as he was in the defensive package alongside defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for the first snap of the team’s 27-20 loss to Detroit. Aside from getting the start at Minnesota, Morris mentioned that Price would see more snaps after recording two tackles and one tackle for loss while splitting time at nose tackle with Roy Miller and Frank Okam.

“We will still use our normal rotation,” Morris said. “I want to keep those guys fresh. I want those guys to have the ability to go out there and be strong, and be tough and fight as a unit. But he has certainly earned the [right] to go out there and play first this week. I’m really proud of where he is at and what he is doing for us. Especially from where he has come from.”

Morris talked about how Price graded out against Detroit.

“He flashed not just a little bit … his get-off was very noticeable,” Morris said. “I believe he had a tackle for loss. He was very active. He was very hands-on. He did things at a high level.”

While the initial reaction to Price being on the ground on Sunday was that he re-injured his surgically-repaired hamstrings, Morris said the Florida heat and humidity played a factor.

“Probably more fear from being what he has been through,” Morris said. “I’m sure it was just a cramp. But when you have both your hamstrings hammered on and ripped out with construction tools, then put back together over the summer, those cramps on Sunday seem a little bit scarier for you – especially with that kid.

“He’s ready to go, though. He is getting better. He’s strong, he’s fast. He certainly is fighting through it. He is almost at that point we talked about a couple months ago when I said he had a couple more weeks to go. And [now] he is getting there.”

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    If Rah cared about the playah more than keeping his season from swirling down the toilet, we'd be taking it easy with Price. At the very least we should be limiting his snaps significantly for the first 1/4-1/2 a season. It's not his fault all of our other DT draftees have been duds, except, perhaps, GMC but that's TBD. Forget the impact to the Bucs, THINK ABOUT THE PERSON under the jersey, Rah.
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    He has out played GMC so far this year.
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    I didn't expect Price to be on the field early this season. In fact I thought he might be headed to the PUP list before the season started. It's good to see him out there playing well.
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    With the heat we have still in Florida, we need four interior defensive tackles that will play in a defensive rotation to keep fresh tackles out there at all times. It is much better to put pressure on a Veteran QB with your front four than it is to gamble with blitz packages, because a Veteran QB can easily burn a blitzing team. So it makes sense to push a defensive rotation for our interior linemen for the game in the Dome against the Vikings. Besides, I want to see Petersen run into the waiting arms of Okam--CRUNCH! Ha. I too feel Price will eventually be the best defensive tackle we have, and Price reminds me of Sapp as well. McCoy is a very good athlete, but I feel he needs to spend more time in the weight room to enhance his strength and less time talking a good game. As far as being a leader, he needs to understand he needs to lead by example.
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    Good to hear. Maybe he will end up being our DL leader. Cmon Price show us some Fight !!!
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    I can't help but feel like they're rushing this....if Price goes to IR after this game I will be infuriated
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    tampahawk900, I agree with you. I will be so irritated that they did not take this much slower for his own health concerns. go Bucs! and I sure hope you are doing the right thing?
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    BP that is awesome mate!!!! We all know that you are better then 93. Keep playing hard that contract is right around the corner.
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    Price IS awesome and this is very good news. I too, thought he was better than McCoy at draft time. Much stronger and more Sapp-like. He can be a beast in the middle. If Okam can improve and play like he did in the preseason, I think our 2 DT's should be Okam and Price with Price at Undertackle.
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    I think this is great.McCoy and Price will help stop peterson. GO BUCS
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    I blame the surgery for his quick get-off. Sorta like the kid in Rookie of the Year. FUNKY BUTT LOVIN!
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    This kid is one tough S.O.B.. It would've been easy for him being a 2nd rounder, and only 22 to start on the PUP,or I.R..Instead he's fighting hard to stay on the field. This kid does'nt talk like McCoy, but I can see him being the leader of this D line with his heart, and toughness.
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    I am both amazed and confused. And I hope the former is the correct emotion. If Price is 100% and ready to play that is great news. But after releasing McCargo and Woods, why are the Bucs trying out 3 DTs this week? Travis Ivey, Johnny Jones, and Jay Ross. Whatever, I hope Price is OK.
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    macabee, I had the same reaction. I sure hope he stays healthy. The heck with the game. The man has to be able to walk the rest of his life once football is out of the picture.
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    Ya buddy,super news!
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    Great news to hear! This will help our front line a lot. Price is much quicker than Miller. I hope the Medical Staff is playing it safe because we're on astro turf and indoors. Go Bucs! Let it Begin!
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    When we drafted Price I thought he was going to be better than McCoy. He is more like a Warren Sapp type player than McCoy. If he can stay on the field he will be a long term player for us with a great career.
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    Hell yeah!! Wreak havoc man. I've been waiting for him to surpass R. Miller on the depth chart. Hopefully he earns the right to make the move permanent by staying healthy and playing well. Go Bucs!
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    Wow...this is fantastic news. Way to go, Price. I'm happy for him. He's fighting through some tremendous obstacles and you can't help but root for him 100%. I hope his hammies hold up and get stronger each & every week. Although young, and not impressive against the Lions, I still believe the d-line is the strength of our defense and will be for years to come.
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    happy for BP i think he earned it
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