Friday, August 30, 2013
Why the Bucs played CB, WR at RB
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- If you’re wondering why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were using a defensive back and a wide receiver at running back in Thursday night’s preseason finale, let’s allow coach Greg Schiano to explain.
"Mike James got an eye injury; he left the game," Schiano said. "Then Peyton Hillis twisted an ankle. So now we have no running backs."
“Norwood was actually a little bit of an ad-lib," Schiano said. "I’d like to tell you we had two emergency running backs; we didn’t. But Norwood, we know, is a good athlete, and he did a good job. They both hopped in there and contributed. Mason was going both ways because (cornerback Rashaan) Melvin tweaked a hamstring a little bit."
Norwood carried seven times for 26 yards. Robinson had nine carries for 12 yards.