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Bucs showing interest in Anderson

September, 2, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Anderson
Anderson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could have veteran offensive tackle Willie Anderson in for a visit, if he doesn't sign with Baltimore first.

Anderson, 33, recently was cut after 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. A league source said Anderson will travel to Tampa tomorrow, unless he signs with the Ravens before then. Anderson also could visit San Diego, the source said.

Tampa Bay is thin on quality tackles after releasing Luke Petitgout, who was slow in recovering from a knee injury. Donald Penn is slated to be the starter at left tackle with Anthony Davis as the backup.

But Anderson, who was selected to five Pro Bowls, could provide an upgrade over Penn.

Bucs release Petitgout

August, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Petitgout
Petitgout

The Bucs just made a surprise move, releasing left tackle Luke Petitgout.

He was attempting to come back from ACL surgery and progress had been slow. The Bucs initially hoped Petitgout would be ready for the start of training camp. But coach Jon Gruden admitted last week that the outlook wasn't bright. They released Petitgout with the designation of failed physical and filled his roster spot by signing fullback J.D. Runnels, who was drafted by the Bears in 2006.

The move leaves Tampa Bay thin at left tackle. Donald Penn, who filled in after Petitgout was hurt last year, has spent training camp working with the first team. Penn is far from dominant, but the Bucs don't have any real alternatives on the current roster. The Bucs were hoping Anthony Davis could step up in camp, but he didn't stand out.

The Bucs likely will bring in another tackle when other teams start making roster cuts, but it will be difficult to find a starting-caliber left tackle. They likely will have to stick with Penn and hope for the best.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Petitgout

With all the talk about the injuries to Joey Galloway, Jeff Garcia and Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay left tackle Luke Petitgout has been overlooked a bit. But this injury could have big implications for the regular season.

Petitgout, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 4 last year, has not been able to return to practice. With each day he misses there's growing concern Petitgout may have to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list.

"Yes, there sure is," Gruden said. "That's why he's not active at this point in time. I do know our training staff is working hard and Luke is working hard. The injury just isn't ready to go yet."

The Bucs had hoped Petitgout would be ready for the start of training camp, but it hasn't worked out that way. Donald Penn, who started 12 games last year, has been working with the first team. The Bucs had hoped that tackles Anthony Davis, Chris Clark and Dennis Roland could step up and become alternatives to Penn, but they haven't.

Penn played well at times last year, but he's not the kind of left tackle who can dominate. Petitgout is not dominant either, but he's a very solid left tackle and the Bucs have done a good job of building up the rest of their offensive line. That could all go to waste unless the Bucs can get Petitgout back on the field or get Penn to play over his head.

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