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LB Crowell slowly working his way back

It's still too early to know if LB Angelo Crowell, acquired in free agency in March, will be a major factor for the Bucs.

Right now, he's competing at the strong-side linebacker position with Quincy Black and others, but we're only beginning to find out what Crowell can offer. That's because he has been working his way back from a knee injury that sidelined him for all of 2008, and it's taking a while for him to rebuild confidence in the knee.

"Any time you're talking about a guy with a knee (injury), you're talking about a slow development," coach Raheem Morris conceded.

But it's starting to come. This week, Morris said, was a good one for Crowell.

"He's starting to pick it up. Mentally, he's a sharp cat. But when you're talking about getting confidence, starting to run, starting to feel it -- I think it's coming."

Crowell appears to still be on a pitch count of sorts after only being cleared to participate in practices less than a month ago. Soon, the Bucs hope to find out whether their reasonable investment in Crowell will pay off. Crowell will earn $2 million in base salary this season after signing a 1-year deal with the Bucs.

If he can return to form, the Bucs may have found themselves a steal. Crowell, in his last full season, led the Bills in tackles in 2007 with 140.

What will be provide for the Bucs? Stay tuned and time will tell.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:34pm]


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