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E.J. Biggers' foot injury impacts Bucs' depth at cornerback



gaitor.jpgThe Bucs already are coping with their share of injuries, and it turns out cornerback E.J. Biggers’ foot injury is at least somewhat serious. Biggers was injured in a collision in Friday’s practice, and coach Greg Schiano said the fourth-year player will miss “more than two weeks.” reported Biggers had a broken bone in his foot, though Schiano would not get more specific.

Though it’s unknown whether Biggers’ injury will impact the Bucs beyond the preseason, it’s a concern at least in the short term. The Bucs’ lineup of cornerbacks becomes quite young after Biggers, the team’s nickelback during the past two seasons.

Second-year player Anthony Gaitor (pictured), a seventh-round pick in 2011, could play a more prominent role. Former third-round pick Myron Lewis has struggled mightily in his first two seasons and has, perhaps, been passed by Gaitor. Beyond them, there’s almost no experience.

“Anthony Gaitor is doing better every day,” Schiano said. “We’ll bring some guys in, and we already have, to bolster some things. But we’ll just keep moving forward. My whole thing when guys go down is to help them get better but to keep our focus on the guys who are going to play. If you’re a first-teamer, then you step up. If you’re a second teamer, then step up when you have your opportunity.”

[Last modified: Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:11pm]


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