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April 7, 2014 @ 7:44 am
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Barth Cleared To Return To Football

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Connor Barth, who missed all of the 2013 season, announced on Sunday he has been cleared by doctors to return to action. Tampa Bay struggled early last season to find a replacement for Barth's consistency.
With the first opportunity to meet his news team and address them with the start of offseason workouts beginning Monday morning, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith will have another 2013 injured member of the team at 100 percent and ready to hit the field.

Bucs placekicker Connor Barth announced on Facebook that he had been cleared to return to the field.

“Some of the best news I have gotten in a while! I have been cleared by the doctors to play this year! It's time to go! #itsabucslife #bucsnation”

Barth was injured on the eve of training camp last year, tearing his Achilles tendon in a charity basketball in his home state of North Carolina. Barth underwent surgery and has been rehabbing over the last seven months.

After Barth’s injury last summer, Tampa Bay brought in Lawrence Tynes a free agent from New York. But a toe injury eventually became infected and Tynes contracted the antibiotic-resistant MRSA strain of staph. After Tynes was designated to the non-football injury list, which caused national attention when Tynes’ wife Amanda took to twitter to voice her displeasure with the Bucs organization, the Bucs signed former Bills kicker Rian Lindell as a free agent.

Lindell, struggled initially before settling in and have a solid season, going 23 of 29 on field goals with a long of 54, and converting all of his extra point attempts (31/31).

While Lindell’s accuracy eventually improved the Buccaneers missed Barth’s consistency and ability to hit from 50-plus yards. Barth is a career 84.2 percent kicker, making 101 of 120 NFL field goal attempts and all of his extra point attempts (134/134).

Two weeks ago Bucs running back Doug Martin also received clearance from the doctors to return to action after having shoulder surgery last season to repair a torn labrum.

The Buccaneers begin their offseason program on Monday, as one of the teams in the NFL who had a coaching change, therefore allowing them to start a week early. The first phase of the offseason workouts will consist primarily of meetings and conditioning. The Buccaneers will host their first three-day voluntary minicamp under Smith beginning on April 22. The team will also host a rookie minicamp on May 16 then have OTA’s before the final minicamp (mandatory) takes place beings for three days on June 10.

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    To a huge 2014 for Connor B. Go Bucs !
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    NYbuccguy: Patrick Murray is another PK on the roster. Not sure if he's "starting caliber" but we didn't know about Barth until he won the job.
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    I hope we can bring another starting caliber kicker into camp. Kickers are finicky by nature and im worried about Barth coming back from an Achilles injury. It wouldnt hurt to have a cheaper alternative considering how high Barths salary is. I still kinda wish we keapt Kai Forbath.
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    I liked Kai - but Barth was already the healthy productive kicker on the squad in 2012 and Bucs weren't going to keep two on the team. Funny, how Redskins find Buc rejects.
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    Did anyone besides me see "NFL Insiders" today where Adam Shefter gave Mark Dominik a little shot across the bow by saying that Lovie had completely revamped Mark's roster? Was a little funny. Also, on NFL Live, both Mark Schlereth and Damien Woody both said that Lovie has the best chance of having a good season out of all of the seven new coaches, even playing in a tough division.
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    Connor- I'm sure someone has given you the bad news that we have Josh McCown at qb so stretch those hammi's you will be kicking alot of 50 yd's this yr
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    Being able to hit from 50+ is huge!
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    I'm glad to have him back. He is a very solid kicker. My guess is that he is in great shape and can get it even a little further.
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    I believe the kicker is the 2nd most important position on the team. Welcome back Connor Barth!
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