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July 28, 2012 @ 7:53 am
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Benn To Miss 4 Weeks With MCL Sprain, Biggers Breaks Foot

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A mid-air collision took out two backup Bucs on the first day of training camp. PewterReport.com can confirm that WR Arrelious Benn has an MCL sprain that will sideline him for four weeks, and CB E.J. Biggers broke a bone in his foot.
PewterReport.com can confirm a ProFootballTalk.com report that Buccaneers wide receiver Arrelious Benn will miss as much as four weeks due to an MCL sprain in his knee. Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com first reported that Tampa Bay cornerback E.J. Biggers had a mid-air collision with Benn during Friday's training camp practice at One Buccaneer Place and broke a bone in his right foot. He is expected to miss at least a month's worth of action.

Benn, a 2010 second-round draft pick, caught a career-high 30 passes for 441 yards (14.7 avg.) with three touchdowns last year. As a rookie, Benn had 25 catches for 395 yards (15.8 avg.) and pair of scores. Benn is one of the fastest players on the team and has been responsible for the two longest pass plays – a 64-yard catch in 2010 and a 65-yard touchdown last year – over the past two seasons.

The arrival of Vincent Jackson has bumped Benn out of the starting lineup for 2012. Benn started nine of the 15 games he played in during the 2010 season and started all 14 of the games that he suited up for last year. With Mike Williams starting at flanker opposite Jackson, Benn is currently battling Preston Parker for the third wide receiver role on the team. Benn is expected to miss at least the first two preseason games in August.

Biggers, who is in a contract year after being selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, has been the team's nickel cornerback and occasional starter for Tampa Bay over the past two years. The knock on Biggers has been his lack of playmaking ability, evidenced by just two interceptions over the past two seasons. Last year, Biggers only broke up 10 passes to go along with his 52 tackles despite playing in all 16 games.

Although the Bucs added Eric Wright to replace Ronde Barber, who switched to safety this offseason, Biggers was vying for the chance to start at right cornerback in training camp. During Friday's practice he was fourth on the depth chart behind Aqib Talib, Wright and second-year player Anthony Gaitor. Because the Bucs lack experience at the cornerback position outside of Talib and Wright, Biggers should still stand a reasonable chance of making the team this year if he can quickly and successfully recover from his injury.
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    Hope to see you there Horse. I'll be the really handsome guy in the red shirt.
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    My wife some friends and I will be there on Sunday Horse. I'm not sure where the VIP section is but I'll try and track it down.
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    I think Mark Dominic only selects 1st and 2nd round picks that have a high probability of getting injured. This injury bug really drives me crazy. Seems like a curse was placed on the team once John Gruden beat his former team in the super bowl. If we loose any more defensive lineman we are screwed. Hopefully one will become available after preseason cuts are made. GO BUCS!!!
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    Well just like I said weeks ago that Briscoe would join the Redskins which was his intention all along. He will make the team and probably start. Price will make the bears team and if he can get in football shape will start by mid season. Okay that's the past and I am over that part. I have huge concerns for our Defensive Unit. I'll know more on Sunday when I go watch the pratice. I'll be in the VIP area and will have a straw hat on; I'm 6 foot 3 inches about 235 pounds and i will on my wrap around sun glasses. Please come by and say Hi and let me know your Soundoff name. I know that all of us are nice people and are big Buc Fans and want the best for our Bucs.
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    Can't make it Sunday Horse. I am retired so I will be at a couple of practices though. Unlike Scott, I think Benn's injury is not a good thing. Mcl sprains can linger and hasn't Benn had previous leg issues??
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