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October 16, 2013 @ 3:29 pm
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Bucs News To Know 10-16: Joseph Injured, Nicks Has Surgery

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The Buccaneers' banged up offensive line received more bad news on Wednesday when Davin Joseph was unable to practice after suffering a knee injury against the Eagles last Sunday. Guard Carl Nicks also has surgery on his MRSA infected foot and will miss an undetermined amount of time. Get Wednesday's latest from One Buc Place.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Wednesday October 16:

• The Buccaneers began practice at 11:55 under partly cloudy skies and a light breeze on Wednesday.

• Wide receiver Mike Williams, who missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a hamstring injury, practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, but head coach Greg Schiano didn’t give any indication if Williams may be able to play at Atlanta on Sunday.

• Guard Davin Joseph was not at practice on Wednesday and Schiano said it is too early to tell if he will be able to be a go against the Falcons.

“Davin is going to be okay I believe” Schiano said. “He just got hit in the game, and we thought he’d be able to practice today, he didn’t feel quite right, but hopefully he can practice tomorrow.”

Schiano revealed Joseph suffered a knee injury against Philadelphia, but indicated it was not the same knee that cost him the entire 2012 season.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today they have promoted wide receiver Skye Dawson to the 53-man roster from the team’s practice squad.

Dawson (5-9, 183) joins the Buccaneers active roster after having spent the first six weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad. Dawson, a rookie, played collegiately at Texas Christian, participating in 49 games, with 13 starts. A native of Mesquite, Texas, Dawson recorded 91 career receptions for 1,125 yards and six touchdowns, while also returning 30 punts for 224 yards and earning All-Big 12 honors as a returner his senior season. He will wear No. 18.

In addition, cornerback Danny Gorrer has returned to practice. Gorrer was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return on September 13.

The team also announced that its signed tackle Emmett Cleary and defensive back Nick Saenz to it practice squad and released tackle Randy Richards from the practice squad.

• Last season the Buccaneers played a majority of their season without guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks, and actually no games with both in the lineup at the same time. This season they have played in a total of two games with each other and it is anyone’s guess how many more they may be on the field together for in 2013.

Head coach Greg Schiano confirmed a report from Tuesday about Nicks.

Carl [Nicks] wasn’t here today, they decided they were going to do surgery last night, so they did surgery and he’s doing well. That’s why Carl wasn’t here.”

It was revealed last week that Nicks MRSA infection has returned. Schiano did not have a timetable for his return and said the scramble is on to try and figure out an offensive line combination for Sunday’s NFC South matchup with the Falcons.

“Just trying different combinations,” Schiano said. “We’ll figure it out by the end of the week, what the best combination is. Carl wasn’t here today, they decided they were going to do surgery last night, so they did surgery and he’s doing well. That’s why Carl wasn’t here.”

On Wednesday guard Ted Larsen had moved to center and Jeremy Zuttah was playing left guard for Nicks. Gabe Carimi, who played left guard the first two games of the season in place of Nicks, was lining up in place of Joseph at right guard.

Schiano said despite the frustrations of the offensive line injuries, it’s part of coaching.

“It is what it is,” Schiano said. “That’s life in the NFL, we have to figure it out, and get the best five out there. We have to get the quarterback protected, and the running game blocked up. There hasn’t been a lot of continuity there; every team is going through their issues, whether it’s on the lone, receiving, defense. You have to find a way to get it done, and that’s what we need to do this week.”

• Falcons head coach Mike Smith joined the local media for a conference call on Wednesday and said while he knows many expected the Bucs to be better than their 0-5 record, these things are part of life in the NFL.

“Nothing surprises me in the NFL in terms of what a team’s record is,” Smith said. “The difference between the No. 1 team and the No. 32 team in the NFL is that there is not a whole lot of difference in terms of the talent level. Tampa Bay has played some really tough games this year, in terms of not getting the outcome that they want. They play tough, and played some really close games.

“Like many teams in the NFL, a majority of the teams, I think they’re very talented. Their defense is playing outstanding, their defensive front creates issues because of the style of play that they play, they’re not necessarily real big, but their athletic and penetrating, and can cause issues. Their linebackers are very athletic, and can run and hit. The two safeties they have are as good as any in the NFL, and they are playing very good football on the defensive side when you watch the tape.”

“That’s one of the great parts of this. I’m going to go out there and put my best foot forward but at the end of the day, how lucky am I that I’m one of 32 guys in the world that gets to do something that I’ve been dreaming of doing and a million other kids have been dreaming of doing their whole lives. It’s a pretty neat thing to go out there and run on that field and know that I’m one of only 32 people in the world that gets to do this. I don’t pay attention to that stuff (media, critics). I couldn’t tell you one article that’s written on me. I don’t look at that. I just know to stay away from it, because it won’t do me any good.” – QB Mike Glennon on what it is like to play in the NFL
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field on at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday as they continue their preparations for Sunday’s game at Atlanta.

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    is it May yet......"it is what it is"....
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    I'm hoping for the best for Josh. I'm sure he has a renewed sense of urgency with his new team, so he should do reasonably well. There is no doubt that his comp % will be higher in an offence that will be much safer - dare I say it, more well though out - than ours in Tampa. No more chucking it up for one of two WR's.... Still wish they had replaced the coaching staff rather than our franchise QB, but I am moving on.
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    Hmmmm, and Leslie Frazier praised Josh Freeman's work ethic. Imagine that. And after only two weeks Josh has supplanted a former first round draft pick and a high priced free agent. Just incredible. Now, if he's able to defeat the Giants he will have another milestone to shove up the butt of one Mr. Schiano. A lot of ghosts of Buccaneers past around the league this time of year. Boo indeed.
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    "It is what it is"; thank you Coach. Coach, back to you; "it is what it is".
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    Owlykat How correct you are !! ......Please lets not forget the blunder by Dom, which to myself at the time was unbelievable and showed me that Dom and Gregory had advanced to a Gruden ,Allen place of irrational beliefs!! How in the He double can you let Bennet go and think that Revis can cover everyone. The Bucs second, third and fourth corners are not even close to NFL caliber. Sean Smith is and is playing great in K.C.. You have got to be numb and blind to talent evaluation to do this, I mean just plain STUPID and yes I said it then.This can not be overlooked as this was as big as any blunder that has occurred at One Buc !! Just plain stubborn false support of two clowns that can't look around and figure out that NFL offenses have changed. Banks has potential but isn't going to cover the second best rec. on any NFL team at this pointe in his career, let alone the two tight ends we see twice a year . WHO in there right mind that is earning a million plus a year can't figure this out AND AND AND they had three or four borderline #1 corners to choose from that all went for 2 mil less than projected as did Bennet .This is like going into the season with with two seventh round picks starting at center and left tackle, one if not both will fail miserably and often, and it doesn't matter how good the others are because the weak link is way too weak. Once I saw this happen I knew we had a Major Case of BAFOONERY going on with DOM and GREGORY !!
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    @kino: How right you are!!
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    I saw NFL Network announce today that after two weeks of practice Freeman is being announced to be the starter for the Vikings for this coming Sunday. Now if he comes out with such limited time to learn their playbook and plays at his 2010 form and wins the game for the Vikings then you are going to know that it was bad Coaching that drove him in the ground here! I didn't get to watch the Saints vs Patriots game live but I recorded it and as I watched it today seeing our bad boy CB, Talib, after great coaching, totally neutralize Graham, the star TE for the Saints, leading to the victory by New England. Talib never dominated like that under Schiano/Sherman. I also saw that Hillis is now going to shore up the Giants running game. Bet he will now lead them to victories this year. You know how mad I was when Schiano let him go. We could have used him a lot in the games we lost because he could have made his own holes when teams were putting nine in the box to stop the run and our OL was way underachieving. Schiano/Sherman don't have a clue how to get maximum effort out of their players and have tossed off too many star players that the Bucs need and who DOM had supplied them with. Come on Glazers--Stop this suffering NOW!
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    I have a source who is an orthopedic surgeon and colleague of one of the Buc's orthopedic surgeons. I basically said if Tynes and Carl Nicks had to have intravenous antiobiotics for 8-10 weeks that thye had to have infections of the bone (osteomylitis). He said "There's more going on than people know." I also said if they had to do surgery on Nicks they were probably cutting out bad (infected) bone. He just nodded and made the aforementiioned statelment. If he did have that surgery I'm guesssing IR scheduled to return list. Hope I am wrong. GO BUCS. HUNT FALCONS.
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    So when Schiano losses this week can we finally fire the Jersey Trash or is the team playing for the top overall pick? I'm actually OK with playing for the top pick - why not. The team is in too big of a hole to recover this year and a Chiefs / Colts turnaround is right around the corner as soon as we dump this loser of a coach.
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