PewterReport.com is reporting Bucs center/guard Sean Mahan said Wednesday he believes he will start in place of injured C Jeff Faine.

“I think so,” said Mahan. “You can probably ask Coach Morris that, but as of right now I’m going to run with the first-team offense. It should be a smooth transition.”

Faine, who is sidelined for a few weeks with a triceps injury, also believes Mahan will start in his place vs. Buffalo on Sunday.

“Sean has a pretty good feel for this offense,” said Faine. “He’s a tested veteran that should be able to stand in and do a pretty good job there.

“Mahan is going to come back and he’s going to do a pretty good job. He knows the offense pretty well. He was here for the entire camp, so I feel confident he’ll stand in there and do a good job.”

Head coach Raheem Morris has yet to confirm that Mahan, who was released two weeks ago, will start, but he will speak to the media later today.

We will have more on this story throughout the day.

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