Tag:Derek Hardman
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:52 pm

Bucs lose Talib, Faine for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Bucs lost more than just a crucial divisional game against the Falcons Sunday. Cornerback Aqib Talib and center Jeff Faine are both done for the season.

Talib tore a tendon from the bone near his hip flexor early in the contest (he spent the rest of the afternoon jawing with Roddy White from the sideline). The injury, obviously painful, will not require surgery. Faine, who missed a chunk of time earlier this season with a quad injury, is out with a torn triceps.

Talib will be replaced by E.J. Biggers, who is coming off his best game of the year. Faine was replaced by Jeremy Zuttah during his quad injury, but Zuttah has since replaced injured right guard Davin Joseph (also done for the season). On Sunday, Zuttah filled in at center again, and rookie Derek Hardman stepped in at guard.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:55 am

Bucs cut starting guard

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Buccaneers – aka “the best team in the NFC” – have waived veteran Keydrick Vincent. This move comes as a surprise, given that the 10th-year pro started the first five games this season at left guard.

Vincent sat out last week’s game against the Rams with a back injury. Rookie Ted Larsen, filled in then and will likely do the same for the next few weeks. Once starting center Jeff Faine returns from a quad injury, though, third-year pro Jeremy Zuttah should move back to his natural guard position, relegating Larsen to the bench.

Zuttah offers a Bucs offensive line has struggled in run-blocking this season more mobility but less power than Vincent.

Tampa Bay’s front five faces an uphill battle this Sunday, as starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is likely out with a toe injury. The Bucs have activated offensive tackle Will Barker, who will likely back up either James Lee or Derek Hardman (neither of whom is battle-tested).

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