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Bucs will have to do more lineup juggling

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to do it without two of their best players.

The team announced just a little bit ago that center Jeff Faine (triceps) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) are going on injured reserve after getting hurt in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta.

Talib has been perhaps Tampa Bay’s best defensive player and an anchor in a secondary that’s been one of the team’s strongest units despite the loss of safety Tanard Jackson to suspension early in the season and a recent season-ending injury for rookie safety Cody Grimm. Even after Talib went down Sunday, the Tampa Bay secondary held up relatively well in pass coverage.

E.J. Biggers likely will have to step into Talib’s starting spot and rookie Myron Lewis could start getting more playing time. The Bucs also will have to juggle things on the offensive line.

Jeremy Zuttah, who played some center earlier in the season when Faine had another injury, had been playing some at guard. The Bucs already lost guard Davin Joseph to a season-ending injury. Zuttah likely will slide back to center.