Bucs awaiting medical update on C Faine, CB Talib
Center Jeff Faine and cornerback Aqib Talib were undergoing a series of exams to determine the extent of their injuries Monday and the Bucs had no update on their status for the remainder of the season.
Talib suffered a hip injury in the first half of Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and did not return. Faine, who missed four games this season with a quad injury, left the game a few plays into the fourth quarter with a triceps injury and did not return.
"Don't know the severity of them yet,'' coach Raheem Morris said Monday. "But they got injured yesterday. Both those guys left the game and obviously I'll have more detailed information on what happened to those guys, for me, later on today, tomorrow and of course, for you guys we'll have it Wednesday.
"I've got to wait for doctors reports and Todd (Toriscelli), the trainer, to come see me.''
Faine was replaced by Jeremy Zuttah, who started the game at right guard in placed of Davin Joseph, who is out for the season with a broken foot. The Bucs inserted Derek Hardman at right guard in the fourth quarter.
Talib was replaced by E.J. Biggers.
"I've been really encouraged by the way the guys have responded, how they've played, with these guys moving around positions, playing different spots,'' Morris said. "Zuttah has played two different spots on the offensive line and has the ability to play three or four. Those guys bounce around and they keep playing and keep playing tough. They come in and out of the lineup. We finished the game yesterday with Hardman out there and he played well. They just played solid football. You've got to be pleased with that being a young head coach and being a young football team and having a young offense. You've got to be pleased with that ability to know your depth gets better and better every week.''