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Bucs secondary will be thin against Panthers



The Bucs will face one of the league's more potent passing attacks at something less than full strength in their secondary.

Cornerbacks E.J. Biggers (foot) and Anthony Gaitor (hamstring) were listed as doubtful on the team's final injury report of the week, meaning they have no more than a 25 percent chance of playing against the Panthers on Sunday.

While the Bucs will lean heavily on starters Aqib Talib (who will shadow receiver Steve Smith) and Eric Wright, but things get thin after that. The third cornerback likely will be Myron Lewis, who has been hot and cold through the preseason. Beyond him, the Bucs have just undrafted rookie Leonard Johnson and newcomer Brandon McDonald.

This game could present scenarios where the Bucs use safety Ronde Barber as a cornerback, particularly in the slot. It's been expected all along that Barber will still perform some of his cornerback duties despite moving to free safety and, perhaps, this is when we'll see that.

Another player we might not see Sunday is receiver Arrelious Benn. He practiced without limitations all week, but coach Greg Schiano expressed some hesitation to play him after missing the whole preseason. Schiano suggested it would be a game-time decision.

[Last modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 6:25pm]


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