BROOKS SETS FRANCHISE MARK Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, a nine-time Pro Bowler, tied former Bucs tackle Paul Gruber for most games started in Buccaneer history on Sunday. Brooks, who entered the league with the Bucs as a 1995 first-round draft pick, made his 183rd career start on Sunday vs. the Redskins. Brooks led the Bucs defense in tackles Sunday with eight.
In a related note, Bucs TE Dave Moore passed Gruber for second place in team history with 184 career games played as a Buc on Sunday.
GRADKOWSKI SETS NEW ROOKIE RECORD With his deflected touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Becht in the third quarter of Sunday’s game, Bucs rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski set a new franchise record for most touchdown passes thrown by a rookie in Buccaneer history. Gradkowski’s eighth and ninth touchdown passes of the season to Becht and WR Joey Galloway, respectively, moved him ahead of former Bucs QB Shaun King (1999). Gradkowski completed 14-of-21 passes for two touchdowns and one interception en route to Tampa Bay’s 20-17 win over Washington. He has tossed nine touchdowns and just three interceptions this season.
ALSTOTT REACHES 300 CLUB Bucs fullback Mike Alstott’s reception in the first quarter was his 300th career catch. Alstott also drew closer to the 5,000-yard rushing mark for his career Sunday. He entered Sunday’s game with 4,937 career-rushing yards, and left the contest with 4,965 career-rushing yards, which means he needs just 35 rushing yards to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark.
BOLDEN, SMITH CARTED OFF FIELD Bucs starting tight end Alex Smith was injured in the first half of Sunday’s game. He sprained his ankle in the second quarter and was carted from the sideline into the locker room after the injury. He did not return to action and was seen on the sideline sporting a boot on his right foot in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, Bucs cornerback Juran Bolden injured his leg after defensive end Jovan Haye collided with him. Bolden was in obvious pain and was carted off the field with was is being called an ankle injury.
FIRST QUARTER WOES CONTINUE For the eight time in 10 games this season, Tampa Bay’s offense failed to score a touchdown in the first quarter vs. Washington on Sunday. The Bucs offense, which entered Sunday’s game ranked 30th overall in the NFL, still managed to produce 359 yards of total offense and 20 points vs. the Redskins.
CADILLAC BREAKS CENTRURY MARK Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams rushed 27 times for 122 yards (4.5 avg.) vs. Washington on Sunday. It marked just the second time this season that Williams has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. Williams has rushed for 100 yards in eight games during his two-year career. The Bucs are an impressive 7-1 when Williams rushes for 100 or more yards.
IT’S GOOD Bucs kicker Matt Bryant was perfect on his two field goal attempts Sunday. He drilled field goals from 26 and 31 yards out. However, Bryant also had a kickoff go out of bounds and drew a personal foul penalty for a late hit out of bounds against the Redskins.
SACKMASTER WHITE With Simeon Rice out of the lineup, Bucs defensive end Dewayne White got the start and recorded his fourth sack of the season on Sunday. It was his 13th career sack. Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber also chipped in with half of a sack, which gives him 20.5 for his career.
INACTIVES: The following players were inactive for Tampa Bay’s game vs. Washington on Sunday: QB Luke McCown, CB Alan Zemaitis, LB Shelton Quarles, T Donald Penn, G Jeb Terry, WR Paris Warren, DT Ellis Wyms and DE Simeon Rice.
Bucs DE Charles Bennett was active Sunday for the first time this season.
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