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Bucs hire Bears assistant as new head trainer

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February

Just hours after the Titans announced the hiring of longtime Bucs trainer Todd Toriscelli, Tampa Bay announced that coach Lovie Smith was turning to another of his Bears colleagues, Bobby Slater, as the Bucs' new head athletic trainer.

Slater was Chicago's director of rehabiliation during all nine of Smith's seasons as the Bears head coach, and he also overlapped with new Bucs general manager Jason Licht when they both were with the Dolphins in 1995. Slater was promoted to assistant athletic trainer last year and now will be in charge of the Bucs' training staff.

"We would like to thank Todd for his extensive service to the Buccaneers organization over the past 17 years,” Licht said in a statement. “We are also excited to welcome Bobby as our new director of sports medicine and performance. I was first introduced to Bobby back in 1995 when we were both with the Miami Dolphins and I have followed his career over the years. Bobby brings with him a wealth of experience working with and treating NFL players over the past 15 years and we are excited to have him heading up our medical team moving forward.”

[Last modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 5:02pm]

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