By Tom Krasniqi
The first nationally televised game didn’t go so well for the 0-8 Buccaneers. A couple of Thursday nights ago, the Bucs were drilled at home by the Carolina Panthers 31-13. It was an embarrassing display on national television. Let’s hope the second go around under the lights will produce a better result.
The Bucs will play their second prime time game on Monday night when the 4-4- Dolphins come to Raymond James Stadium. The entire nation will be watching once again.
It’s going to be a festive atmosphere. Warren Sapp will be enshrined into the Ring of Honor. A beatable Miami team will be on the other side. It seems like a prime opportunity for the winless Bucs to crack into that ‘W’ column.
“The fact that we have a special night where we are bringing [Hall of Famer] Warren [Sapp] into the ‘Ring of Honor’ and he’s going to be inducted at halftime, it’s going to be a packed house,” head coach Greg Schiano said after Friday’s practice. “To bring our fans a win that have stuck behind us and I know our players feel like that, I do, our whole organization feels that way. That’s the goal, that’s what we’re working very hard to do and I’m optimistic we can do that.”
Saying it is one thing. Going out and winning a game has been the problem for the Bucs. Maybe this is the week.
As for the Friday injury report, RB Doug Martin (shoulder), LG Carl Nicks (foot/MRSA) and WR Chris Owusu (foot) did not practice. CB Danny Gorrer (groin) was limited. FB Erik Lorig (toe), FS Dashon Goldson (knee), LB Mason Foster (elbow), RG Davin Joseph (knee), DT Akeem Spence (wrist), FS Keith Tandy (ankle) and LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder) practiced fully. Goldson and Lorig were upgraded to full practices. Goldson has been out the last two games but he’s ready to return.
Injury report for the Dolphins: LT Jonathan Martin (illness) is out. LB Koa Misi (knee) and LB Jelani Jenkins (foot) did not practice. CB Dimitri Patterson (groin), TE Dion Sims (toe) and K Caleb Sturgis (groin) were limited. CB Nolan Carroll (concussion), S Chris Clemons (hamstring), LB Dannell Ellerbe (calf) and T Nate Garner (knee) practiced fully.
News & Notes:
- It’s official: The Bucs finally placed RB Doug Martin (shoulder) on injured reserve. He’s done for the rest of the season. Martin will eventually need surgery to repair a torn labrum. The team promoted LB Ka’lial Glaud to the active roster.
- The league fined Bucs DT Gerald McCoy $15,750 for a roughing the passer helmet hit on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson last week.
- Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has been a punching bag so far. Miami has allowed 35 sacks so far this season. The offensive line will also be without starters Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin as a result of the bullying controversy. This has to be a prime opportunity for the Bucs pass rush, right?
- Bucs WR Vincent Jackson says he’s seeing more double and even triple-team coverage in recent weeks.
- Bucs CB Darrelle Revis is starting to settle in: "I'm getting back to my old self so I'm feeling very comfortable. The knee is feeling a lot better." That’s bad news for opposing offenses. Revis says there are times when he’s “fighting against boredom” because he rarely gets challenged.
- On Monday night, the Bucs welcome in the Miami Dolphins to Raymond James Stadium. You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with our coverage beginning at 3pm.
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