Injuries snowball on Bucs in loss to Falcons
The Bucs got no breaks today on the injury front. After making my rounds through the locker room, here's what I can report:
WR Michael Clayton has a left knee injury, the extent of which isn't yet known. It happened on the game's first possession when Clayton, while engaged with and blocking a defender, had an offensive lineman fall on him from the side. That twisted his knee awkwardly and prevented him from returning. The Bucs' medical staff will do further examination on Monday.
Meanwhile, the secondary is a mess. CB Aqib Talib went down with a hamstring injury at the worst possible time. He tried stretching it out but was unable to run, he said. That forced little-known Derrick Roberson and already-injured Elbert Mack (ankle) onto the field for Atlanta's game-winning possession. Backup CB Torrie Cox, who started as the nickel back, was carted off the field with a hip injury. I don't have details yet on that injury.
Punter Dirk Johnson has a hamstring injury, and if his subdued demeanor afterward is indicative of anything, it could be a significant problem. Hamstring injuries and kickers are like oil and water -- they're a bad mix. If it's remotely serious, look for the Bucs to make a roster move there. But Johnson likely will be evaluated a little further before we get to that point.
DE Stylez White suffered a hand injury of undetermined severity, but X-rays didn't appear to reveal any broken bones. He'll get another look on Monday as well.