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CB Aqib Talib's hamstring injury a concern for Bucs



The Bucs' top cornerback, Aqib Talib, did not practice today, spending part of the day instead undergoing examinations to evaluate the severity of his lingering hamstring injury.

"He went and got some tests done today, and we’re waiting for the results," defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said earlier today. "But he obviously couldn’t finish the game (last Sunday), so we’ll see how serious it’s going to be and how many weeks it’s going to be, or if it’s going to be any weeks."

That doesn't sound promising given Talib's weeks-long battle with this hamstring injury. Lake has said the injury was severe enough in previous weeks that many players would have stayed on the sideline. Talib hasn't missed any games -- yet. And when he has played, he's played rather well, especially in recent weeks.

If Talib is sidelined, the Bucs think they have the depth to compete, but they'll be leaning on some very young and -- in some cases -- very inexperienced reserves.

"Next man up," Lake said. "If (Talib) can’t go, then obviously (E.J.) Biggers, Elbert Mack, Myron Lewis, Anthony Gaitor – between all of them, they have to be ready to go."

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10:37pm]


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