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Bucs center Jeff Faine to miss 'significant time' with leg injury



Bucs center Jeff Faine will miss a few weeks after sustaining a leg injury against the Bengals on Sunday.

"You can expect him to miss a significant amount of time," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said during Monday's news conference.

Though Morris wasn't specific about Faine's injury, calling it a "lower body injury," the Bucs center is believed to have an injured
quadriceps muscle.

Morris was pleased with Jeremy Zuttah's performance after replacing Faine in Sunday's game.

"I was proud of him. It was a redemption game," Morris said. "We were excited about his production."

Rookie center Ted Larsen will also get an opportunity to compete at center in the coming weeks.

Safety Sean Jones, who left the game with back spasms, should be ready to go next week. There were no other significant injuries,
according to the Bucs coach.

Assessing the overall performance of the team, Morris said "we're very young and we're getting better."

The Bucs coach continues to judge the team on how fast, hard, smart and consistently they play.

"They're at a point where they're getting better every day," Morris said.

With division favorite New Orleans up Sunday, Morris doesn't consider this a statement game.

"It's a tough divisional opponent coming into our house that we have to fend off."

"This team is hungry, they want to get better and they're remaining humble," Morris said.

[Last modified: Monday, October 11, 2010 12:31pm]


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