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Monday, December 19, 2011
Buccaneers make right call on Aqib Talib

By Pat Yasinskas

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have drawn a lot of criticism lately, made a very smart move Monday. They placed cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve.

Talib has spent most of the season playing with an injured hamstring. He returned for Saturday night’s loss to Dallas after sitting out one game, but the hamstring got worse after the first defensive series and Talib left the game.

Talib is Tampa Bay’s most talented cornerback, but there is no sense in trying to have him finish the season playing at less than 100 percent. The Bucs also could have run the risk of making the injury worse if they kept playing Talib.

The Bucs now likely will give more playing time to E.J. Biggers and Elbert Mack, opposite veteran starter Ronde Barber.

The Bucs signed defensive tackle Jovan Haye to fill Talib’s roster spot. Haye spent three seasons (2006-2008) with the Buccaneers and had most recently played with Detroit.