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Quincy Black will play for Buccaneers

December, 5, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. – The Buccaneers appear to be catching a bit of a break on the injury front.

Linebacker Quincy Black, who was listed as questionable, is expected to play and start today. His backup Dekoda Watson (shoulder) has been declared inactive.

The other inactives for the Bucs are Larry Asante, Brandon Carter, Will Barker, Preston Parker, Dezmon Briscoe and Frank Okam. Rudy Carpenter has been designated as the third quarterback.

The Bucs also are saying James Lee will start over Jeremy Trueblood at right tackle. Trueblood had been the starter. He missed some time with an injury and Lee played well in his absence. Now that Trueblood is close to full health, coach Raheem Morris has indicated the two will compete for the starting job each week.

Also, at least according to the depth chart, the Bucs will start Corey Lynch at free safety. That spot came open when Cody Grimm suffered a season-ending injury. But don’t be surprised if cornerback Ronde Barber gets some work at safety.
Some good news on the injury front for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Right tackle Jeremy Trueblood and fullback Earnest Graham will be back in the starting lineup when the Bucs take on the San Francisco 49ers later this afternoon.

Trueblood missed the past three games with a knee injury, while Graham sat out the past two games with a hamstring injury.

Linebacker Quincy Black (ankle) and defensive end Kyle Moore (shoulder) each will miss their second straight game. Adam Hayward is expected to start in Black’s place while Tim Crowder will start for Moore.

The other inactives for the Bucs are fullback Erik Lorig, tackle Will Barker, tackle Derek Hardman, wide receiver Preston Parker and defensive tackle Ryan Sims. Rudy Carpenter will be the third quarterback.

Bucs minus three starters

November, 14, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. – No major surprises among Tampa Bay’s inactives, but the Bucs will be without several injured starters.

Defensive end Kyle Moore, linebacker Quincy Black and fullback Earnest Graham are inactive. Injured defensive tackle Ryan Sims also is inactive. Receiver Sammie Stroughter, defensive back Myron Lewis and offensive lineman Will Barker also are inactive.

Rudy Carpenter has been designated as the third quarterback.

Bucs take chance on LeGarrette Blount

September, 6, 2010
Just when it looked like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had made it through a preseason without anything crazy (like firing a coordinator) happening, we’ve got some developments out of One Buccaneer Place that are a little out of the ordinary.

It’s not quite as chaotic as the firing of offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski just before last season. But, still, the Bucs just unloaded the punter they drafted (Brent Bowden) and released receiver Reggie Brown, who they once thought enough of to make a trade for him with five years left on his contract.

To replace Bowden, the Bucs signed Chris Bryan. He’s the guy who spent four years playing in the Australian Football League before going to Green Bay this offseason. Although Bryan averaged 42 yards a punt in the preseason, the Packers let him go.

The release of Brown was a bit more surprising. Although the Bucs were carrying seven receivers and it was obvious someone had to go, I didn’t think it would be Brown. As recently as a few weeks ago, team officials were talking about him being a possible starter opposite Mike Williams. That job now could go to Arrelious Benn or Sammie Stroughter.

To fill Brown’s roster spot, the Bucs signed running back LeGarrette Blount. You might recognize the name. He’s the former Oregon running back who gained notoriety after punching an opponent and confronting fans at the end of a 2009 game against Boise State. Blount was suspended for the rest of the season. The suspension was later reduced and he played in a December game against Oregon State and in the Rose Bowl.

The Bucs have been pretty vocal about character recently, and they’ve prided themselves on having a controversy-free preseason. Well, preseason is over and, even though Blount served his suspension and made apologies, his mere presence is going to create a media stir for at least a few days.

Blount wasn’t drafted and spent this preseason with the Titans before being released.

The Bucs also announced they’ve added receiver Dezmon Briscoe, tackle Will Barker and tackle Derek Hardman to the practice squad.


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