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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    Mark here is a question that I am surprised no-one has asked yet (unless I missed something), why is Winston wearing a leg brace?

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      Its been reported in the training camp summaries. He had some soreness so he started to wear it, and is sticking with it as a precautionary measure. There is no major injury.

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    Testing it out to see how it feels on him;. Several QB’s use it as a precaution; not sure if he’ll actually wear it for very long though.
    Mark, time to let the Barber McCoy thing go; It don’t mean nothin, as we used to say in NAM.

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    Mark Cook may be along any minute to answer Spartan’s question. Now I don’t know the answer for sure, but I can tell you what I saw. On Friday, Gerald McCoy got too close for comfort. Some say they noticed a mild limp – I didn’t see that. On Saturday, Winston wore a rigid brace. Coach Koetter said no injury, no problem, just testing standard equipment to get a feel for comfort. Sunday, Winston wore a different soft brace. Koetter re-emphasized, no problem. On Monday, he wore no brace. So there. You guys can figure it out from here and get back to me cause I would like to know too.

    Now my guess, and it’s just a guess, is they got a little scare, they took precautions until Winston said get this thing off me. lol.

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      You are a wise man macabee. They couldn’t fool you with that fake news about equipment testing.

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    I wonder if the steelers would be willing to make a trade. Doug Martin and a 3rd pick fir bell. Bell hasn’t reported to camp and has yet to sign his franchise tag. If they aren’t going to sign him long term why not trade him.

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