INJURY UPDATE: Tampa Bay expects to have most of its players participating in Saturday night’s preseason contest vs. the Miami Dolphins.
Tackle Anthony Davis, guard Matt Stinchcomb and fullback Mike Alstott, all of whom missed last week’s exhibition contest vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, are expected to play vs. the Dolphins.
However, T Derrick Deese (ankle), G Jeb Terry (knee) and FB Rick Razzano (hamstring) will not play on Saturday night due to their respective injuries.
“He’s been good when he’s there,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Razzano. “He hasn’t been out there much. He’s been a really interesting guy when he’s been out there playing, but right now he is hard to evaluate when he’s in there with (trainer) Todd (Toriscelli).”
McFARLAND RE-JOINS TEAM: Although he won’t play in Tampa Bay’s third preseason contest of the year, defensive tackle Anthony “Booger” McFarland re-joined the Buccaneers on Thursday after spending the last several days coping with the recent passing of his mother, Nancey.
“Hopefully he’ll accompany the team (to Miami), and we’ll try to help him get his life back together as friends on the side,” Gruden said. “We’ll try to get him back in a groove next week. Football is certainly the last thing on his mind the last seven, eight or nine days.”
PAT-DOWNS TO TAKE PLACE AT RAY-JAY: The National Football League announced Thursday that fans entering Raymond James Stadium for all Buccaneer regular season home games will be subject to pat-downs.
The league encourages fans to arrive early at the stadium gates in anticipation of being subjected to a security-personnel hand search. All gates will open two and a half hours before kickoff.
Tampa Bay’s first regular season home game of the year will be played at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 18 vs. the Buffalo Bills.
The latest pat-down enforcement will take place at every stadium around the league in an effort to ensure the safety of fans attending each game this year.
“This new requirement is not a result of any specific threat information,” said NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. “It is in recognition of the significant additional security that pat-downs offer, as well as the favorable experience that our clubs and fans have had using pat-downs as part of a comprehensive stadium security plan.”
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