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Bucs may stick with Hawley at center



It looks like the Bucs may wait a week before having to decide between Joe Hawley and Evan Smith at center, with Hawley continuing to work as a starter at Friday's practice as Smith returns from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2.

Smith, who has been limited in practice the last two days, was out on the practice field early Friday, talking with Bucs coach Lovie Smith, but then went back inside One Buc Place. When the Bucs had three centers taking snaps with quarterbacks early in practice, Evan Smith wasn't among them suggesting he'll be inactive for a fourth straight game Sunday against the Redskins.

The Bucs had Hawley snapping the ball to starting quarterback Jameis Winston, with backup Jeremiah Warren snapping to backup Mike Glennon and rookie guard Ali Marpet -- essentially an emergency center -- snapping to No. 3 quarterback Ryan Griffin.

Three Bucs were held out of practice again Friday and are likely inactive for Sunday with injuries: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), DT Tony McDaniel (groin) and OT Reid Fragel (concussion).

McDaniel's absence makes it more likely that the Bucs will active DT Akeem Spence from the physically unable to perform list to serve as the team's No. 4 defensive tackle. Fragel's injury is less of a problem if left guard Logan Mankins can return from his groin injury, allowing Kevin Pamphile to return to his backup tackle role. The Bucs would have to cut a player from the 53-man roster to make room for Spence.

[Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2015 12:51pm]


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