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Bucs studying cause of excess in soft-tissue injuries



Forecasters say a cold front is approaching Tampa Bay that should bring cooler temperatures this weekend, but not soon enough for the Bucs, who practiced in 88-degree heat on Thursday.

For a team that has been hit hard by a series of soft tissue injuries to some of their biggest stars, how much is dehydration factoring into all those muscle pulls and strains?

Running back Doug Martin, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and receiver Donteea Dye, who was waived injured in Aug. before re-signing this week, all have suffered hamstring pulls. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy missed the Oct. 10 game at Carolina with a calf injury.

In the Bucs 37-32 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium Sept. 25, about two dozen Bucs players needed to take intravenous fluids at some point during the game. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says the team is trying to determine whether there is any common cause to the soft tissue injuries.

"We’ve actually been doing a lot of studying on that with our training staff and our strength staff," Koetter said Thursday. "You’re always trying to figure out what is the cause of soft tissue injuries. When I talk to other coaches around the league, there’s always so many theories about teams that do and teams that don’t. We’re working on it. We’ve got a data base of stuff on all these injuries but I’m not exactly sure on why."

[Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:30pm]


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