Bucs-Bills wrapup: Staff looking at possible Jermaine Phillips injury
The Bucs suffered a demoralizing 33-20 loss here at Ralph Wilson Stadium today and they might have suffered yet another blow.
Safety Jermaine Phillips was undergoing X-rays after the game on his left thumb after leaving the game during the second half. Phillips did return briefly but backup Will Allen saw extensive action late.
Phillips didn't specify the outcome of the X-rays, but he was being examined by doctors in the locker room after the X-rays were taken. He will be examined further on Monday in Tampa according to team officials.
Elsewhere in the locker room, players struggled to explain their shortcomings in the defeat.
Cornerback Ronde Barber admitted missed tackles were a major issue, especially against running back Fred Jackson who rushed for 163 yards on 28 carries (5.8 average).
"Without a doubt, missed tackles are going to rule the film (session) when we watch it," Barber said. "Guys played hard, but missed tackles are a killer. There were two or three where we thought he was down and he was still running. That’s really unacceptable ball. Good defenses are good tackling defenses."
On offense, quarterback Byron Leftwich cited the numerous third down-and-long situations the offense was in, mostly because of self-inflicted setbacks (penalties, etc).
"We still have to do a better job of not making the mistakes that hurt ourselves," he said. "We have to make sure when teams stop us, they stop us because they made a play."
The Bucs had 13 penalties for 112 yards.
Leftwich said the Bucs will persevere.
"Nobody in there is into moral victories," he said. "Everybody’s trying to win football games. We lost to a team that played better than us today."