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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs-Chiefs in-game blog




End of quarter: Bucs can't punch it in from the Chiefs' 4, but a strong half for Tampa Bay. Josh Johnson was up and down in relief of Josh Freeman, but his dazzlingg 24-yard run was one of the game's highlights. Tampa Bay has two of the most impressive rushing quarterbacks in the NFL.

1:02: The defense has continued to impress in this quarter. A very strong showing for Adrian Clayborn, who blew up a running play in the backfield and got pressure on a safety moments later. Michael Bennett got a strong rush and got home against quarterback Tyler Palko, who got sandwiched between Bennett and Dekoda Watson. Bucs are driving and at the 4-yard line right now.

11:18: Bucs first offense gets a bit more work, but drive again ends in a field goal after a good drive. Freeman gets away with a forced pass that's broken up by -- drumroll -- Sabby Piscitelli. I know you're shocked. Nice 13-yard run by Earnest Graham. He's still got the ability to show some burst. Really like what Kregg Lumpkin is doing. Gotta keep an eye on him. Briscoe continually getting open. He's gonna catch some balls this year.


2:20: More work for the Bucs' first-team offense coming up. This will be their fourth series. Defense gets off the field with a big hit by Mason Foster on Chiefs QB Tyler Palko.

4:35: Bucs get another turnover when Al Woods strips a ballcarrier. Sean Jones recovers. Offense is efficient, going down the field before faltering on third and 1 and settling for 25-yard field goal. Saw a deep ball to Briscoe for 21 yards. He showed nice agility in the open field, making a tackler miss. Kregg Lumpkin got a 5-yard carry and then caught a checkdown pass for another 5. He's got more quickness than I even realized. Could make things interesting.

Question now is whether the offense is done for the night.

9:26: Bucs score on Josh Freeman's 9-yard scramble. Bucs got the ball when Mason Foster recovered a botched QB-center exchange. Biggest thing of note on the touchdown was the protection. Freeman had all the time he needed. He just couldn't find an open receiver. But what a dominant display of pass blocking.

11:35: The Bucs are on offense... Looks like Earnest Graham isn't at fullback. Rendrick Taylor lined up there on first down with Lorig out tonight.

12:00: The Bucs start on defense... Mason Foster takes one snap and then gives way to the nickel defense... Big third down stop by Cody Grimm... Looks like Roy Miller limped off with a possible ankle injury.

7 p.m.: The Bucs are warming up at Arrowhead Stadium here in Kansas City for their preseason opener, and we now have a better handle on which players will be sitting out tonight's game.

Among the players who will not see action are defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and tight end Kellen Winslow (knee). McCoy's injury occurred one week ago in practice, and he hasn't participated in any contact since then.

Talib and Winslow are in relatively good shape, but the Bucs are being particularly cautious as they are both key players who the team wants healthy for the regular season.

Also sidelined for the Bucs are tight end Luke Stocker (hip), Raymond Webber (hamstring) and Erik Lorig (Achilles).

Revealed today was the fact that cornerback Myron Lewis has a mild hamstring injury. He won't play tonight either. The team believes most of the players out tonight will be available when the Bucs host the Patriots next week at Raymond James Stadium.

Receiver Arrelious Benn (knee) and defensive tackle Brian Price (pelvis) are dressed and participating in pre-game warmups. However, Benn said this week he did not expect to play and Price missed Wednesday's game-simulation practice, raising questions about whether he'll appear.

[Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 9:33pm]


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