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Bucs C Faine out 4-6 weeks with triceps injury



The Bucs will be without the key cog in their offensive line.

Center Jeff Faine will miss 4-6 weeks with what the Bucs are calling a left triceps 'strain.'

"He'll be out for a few weeks,'' Raheem Morris said Tuesday, without elaborating. No surgery is required, according to Morris.

"I hate to say it's a toughness deal with him, because it's not all toughness,'' Morris said. "There's a certain time limit to it, but it's a few weeks. It really all depends on when he can go. When he can get that thing the right way.''

Morris said the Bucs will miss what Faine brings to the offensive line. The Bucs rushed 31 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Cowboys.

"It's just his intensity, starting the game,'' Morris said. "He kind of fires me up looking at him in pre-game. He fires me up looking at him in the game. You guys all know the knowledge, you all know how smart he is, you all know how well prepared he is, how good of a professional he is. That's a huge loss, losing a guy like Faine. Huge.''

Morris said the Bucs have several candidates within the roster to replace Faine, but they will also consider adding a player.

"Yeah, (Zuttah) is always a guy we talk about as one of our emergency guys,'' Morris said. "Zuttah has played some center for us, we've also had Marc Dile play some center for us. We have some options.''

Faine was injured  in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-21 loss to the Cowboys.

The Bucs claimed Raiders rookie Jonathan Compas off waivers last week and he finished Sunday's game.  Marc Dile, a rookie from South Florida, also can play center.

But the Bucs may opt to move left guard Jeremy Zuttah to center. Zuttah says he hasn't had any reps there since OTA's.

"We're going to look on our roster and off our roster,'' Morris said. "Compas came in yesterday and finished off the game for us. We've got guys on the roster and we also have guys off the roster that we've got to look at and keep and eye our for.''

The Bucs released center Sean Mahan several weeks ago and he has not signed with another team. But coaches weren't happy with Mahan's performance during the preseason.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:41pm]


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