Albert Haynesworth in Bucs' starting lineup
If Albert Haynesworth is going to have an impact on the Bucs, we could find out very soon.
Haynesworth will not only play today against the Houston Texans, but he will be the Bucs' starter at defensive tackle alongside nose tackle Brian Price. The move essentially bumps Roy Miller from the starting lineup. Without Haynesworth, Miller would have been the nose tackle while Price would have started at the so-called "3 technique" defensive tackle spot.
Haynesworth was acquired by the Bucs on Wednesday, claimed off waivers from the Patriots. He practiced with the team on Thursday and Friday and in Saturday's walkthrough.
Elsewhere on the Bucs' roster, it turns out that linebacker Dekoda Watson will not play as a result of his groin injury. For the Texans, receiver Andre Johnson is out for the sixth game because of his hamstring injury.
The remaining Bucs' inactives are cornerback Anthony Gaitor, tackle Derek Hardman, tackle James Lee, receiver Micheal Spurlock, defensive end Tim Crowder and defensive tackle Frank Okam (calf).
This is the first game in which Spurlock has been inactive this season. He has played sparingly in recent games. Today, the return of Sammie Stroughter from a broken foot has made Spurlock unnecessary. On another note, cornerback Myron Lewis -- a 2010 third-round pick -- is active for the first time in two weeks. He has been a non-factor this season, with Elbert Mack playing ahead of him in dime packages.
For the second straight game, linebacker Geno Hayes is not in the starting lineup, replaced by Adam Hayward, who will start on the strong side. Quincy Black, as he did last week, will play Hayes' weak-side position.