NFC South: Marcus Hamilton
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Ah, this should straighten out all that ails the winless Buccaneers.
They’ve signed safety Corey Lynch and cornerback Marcus Hamilton. If you’ve ever heard of either guy, give yourself five points. If you’ve heard of both, give yourself 20 points and try to develop some other hobbies.
Lynch comes straight off the Cincinnati practice squad. Hamilton was released by the Bears on Sept. 5 and spent 13 weeks with Chicago last year. Hamilton began the 2008 season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.
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Here's a one-stop roundup of the news around the NFC South today.
What does the signing of quarterback Joey Harrington mean? Probably not all that much right away. Mark Brunell is still the backup and it's going to take Harrington some time to learn a new offense. Looks like the Saints, who weren't carrying a third quarterback, just saw a guy who can provide a little experience behind Drew Brees and Brunell.
Laurent Robinson, who lost a preseason battle for a starting receiver job, appears to be working his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff. Michael Jenkins remains the starter, but the Falcons are talking like they'll try to get Robinson more involved in the offense.
Wide receiver Joey Galloway has been ruled out for Sunday while linebacker Derrick Brooks, cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end Gaines Adams are questionable. Michael Clayton likely will get the start in Galloway's place.
Defensive back Elbert Mack was unsuccessful in his appeal of a one-game suspension for violating the player safety code. The Bucs elevated Marcus Hamilton from the practice squad to fill Mack's roster spot.
As he did a lot last year, coach John Fox defended Julius Peppers, who is not piling up sacks. What else would you expect Fox to say? And he has a valid point that Peppers has played well in the first two games. He looks a lot more energetic and active than last year. But, the bottom line is, Peppers is going to have to start coming up with sacks in order to get paid.
Safety Chris Harris is questionable with a thigh injury. Guard Travelle Wharton and reserve quarterback Matt Moore have been declared out. Geoff Hangartner likely will start in Wharton's place for the second straight game Sunday.
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|Tampa Bay linebacker Antoine Cash is taken off the field on a stretcher after a hit during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday in Tampa, Fla.|
Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said Cash has movement in his extremities.
"We don't know the exact severity, but he's moving around and the signs are good,'' Gruden said.
Cash was taken off on a stabilizing board after his head appeared to collide with the hip of teammate Marcus Hamilton while the two were attempting to make a tackle in the fourth quarter. Both players went down and Hamilton eventually limped off the field.
Cash wasn't moving at first and players from both teams gathered around and prayed as medical personnel worked on him. But Gruden said he was updated by team doctors immediately after the game and early indications were positive.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Bucs will be without special teams player Torrie Cox this season.
Coach Jon Gruden said this morning Cox will be placed on the injured-reserve list with a knee injury. Cox wasn't a real strong candidate to be a big factor at cornerback, but he previously had been able to stick around because of his contributions on special teams.
Veteran Ronde Barber is set at one cornerback position. Rookie Aqib Talib is competing with Sammy Davis, Phillip Buchanon, Marcus Hamilton, Darrell Hunter and Elbert Mack for the other cornerback spots. The loss of Cox could open a roster spot for a young player like Hamilton, Hunter or Mack, if one of them can stand out on special teams.