Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Monday October 21:
• Reports surfaced Monday that running back Doug Martin suffered a torn labrum in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Greg Schiano confirmed a shoulder injury but did not go into specifics.
“Doug has a shoulder,” Schiano said. “He had some tests on it, and it will probably be a stretch for Thursday, although we will have to see. I wouldn’t go any further than that right now.”
• Safety Dashon Goldson was hurt Sunday as well. Schiano stated Goldson also had tests done today and is listed as day to day with a knee injury.
• Although the team did not practice Monday, the league still requires to release an injury report for Thursday games. Safety Keith Tandy, who would be replacing Goldson, is noted to have a concussion on Monday’s injury report. Wide Receiver Chris Owusu is listed to have a foot injury. Safety Mark Barron is also on the report with a hip injury and defensive tackle Akeem Spence showed up with a wrist injury.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have claimed running back Bobby Rainey off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
• The Buccaneers also announced the waiving of wide receiver Skye Dawson.
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• The injury to Doug Martin could prove to be season ending according to some reports. Tampa Bay will have to find ways to fill the void that Martin leaves behind and an option is rookie running back Mike James.
“I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Mike in the last few weeks,” Schiano said. “Both in practice and in game. He's gotten a few more touches each game, and obviously this one by necessity. I think Mike has really improved as a running back from the beginning stages of training camp, and made some improvements steadily, and when he’s had his opportunities, he’s done good things. One of the last three games he had a nice run that was called back by a penalty. He’s done some good things, and I think he understand our running game. He sees what the vision is, and he tries to execute the play, I think his natural abilities take over. He’s got really good one cut ability as far as when things flash in front of his face in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. He’s got some quick feet, and can make that first guy miss. He keeps you out of negative plays, and he seems to fall forward which is an important thing.”
Brian Leonard will also be called upon but Schiano hints more backs are neede.
“Brian has some better feet than people would think,” Schiano said. “We would rather not go into the game with two backs, but we’re still figuring out what the best plan of action is there.”
Rookie Mike James talked about the loss of Martin and what it means to him.
“Hoping for a quick recovery,” James said. “We all know Doug is a tough guy and I’m just going to go out and try to help the team win.
“I pressure myself more than anything. I’m motivated by how I play the game. I understand the circumstances and what it takes to win.”
• Penalties are still a concern for the Bucs and some may have wiped away a potential touchdown on Sunday. On Monday, Schiano talked about reducing the penalty problems.
"We most certainly do, but everything is a collective effort," Schiano said. "Last year, I think we were 11th in the league in [penalty] yardage, and now we're dead last, so something has changed. We're two-thirds worse. It's a problem that we have to get solved. Now, what is the problem, right? Part of it, I really believe, is we're just trying too hard, we're pressing a little bit. Why do you hold somebody? We have six holding penalties in two games now. Early on, the penalties were those personal fouls that were aggressive plays. It's kind of been an evolving penalty problem, different penalties. What I tried to do is look [to see]: is it 'a' guy? If it's 'a' guy, you make a change, but it's not. I'm going to talk to the team at four o'clock, in our team meeting, and I think we've got to make those go away, because right now, if you look at them, six of them were in Atlanta territory, four of them in the red zone, I think three of them on third down, when we're on offense, maybe four of them. Then, defensively, we committed penalties that gave them [two] first downs on third-down defense. When you add that all up - as I said yesterday after the game, when you look at the final sheet, you look at a lot of the different things, you say, "Oh, what'd we win by?" But you don't look at that column that says 'PEN' because that's a big reason why we didn't win."
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon also talked about the Buccaneers' penalty problems.
"I think penalties are definitely frustrating, especially when we are on the five-yard line and we're a backed up to the 30-yard line, but it's a part of the game and we dig ourselves in the hole and we have to climb out of it," Glennon said. "Obviously, those are mistakes we want to eliminate, but when we're in those situations, I know there were many drives where we had some penalties and we were able to get first downs out of it. Just to stay focus at that play and the next upcoming play and execute our offense."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s tough, he’s a big time player. No matter who it is, you lose a guy like that who makes a lot of plays for your team and who is a big part of your offense it’s tough. But we got the next man up. We have a lot of great playter that have been itching for the opportunity to play. I am excited to see who steps up.” – Mason Foster on the loss of running back Doug Martin.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers will be back at One Buc Place Tuesday on a short week as they prepare for the Carolina Panthers on Thursday. Practice is scheduled to begin at 1:40 p.m.