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Gaitor ready for his season debut Sunday

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December

For Bucs cornerback Anthony Gaitor, the wait appears over.

Gaitor, who hasn't played this season due to a hamstring injury, is expected to make his debut Sunday against the Eagles. And it comes at a time where Tampa Bay could really use him.

The Bucs young and injury-depleted secondary, having already lost Aqib Talib in a trade and CB Eric Wright to a four-game suspension, could be without corner LeQuan Lewis, who suffered a knee injury against the Broncos. Though coach Greg Schiano said the news on Lewis' injury appears to be encouraging, not as bad as originally thought and not a long-term issue, he may not return this week.

Gaitor, a second-year pro who came on strong at the end of last year, will likely get some time in the nickel packages, and maybe more.

"He's going to have a role - everybody is going to have a role,' Schiano said. "Right now, we're at a spot where all hands on deck in the secondary and we're going to play it together."

Gaitor has spent this season on injured reserve, but has practiced with the team the past few weeks, and believes he's ready - physically and mentally - to step right in.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 3:47pm]

    

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