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Not to worry: Defensive tackle Brian Price is just fine



If you're worried about defensive tackle Brian Price's hamstring injury suffered during Sunday's game, here's some advice: don't bother.

Price, who underwent a complicated surgery last year on his pelvic area, left Sunday's game in the third quarter after going down with an apparent hamstring injury. He appeared to be in intense pain before leaving the field and did not return.

We're now being told that Price's problems were actually a result of fatigue on a hot day and likely was little more than cramping. There was and will continue to be pain associated with the procedure Price underwent, but the Bucs have known all along there would be some discomfort in the short term.

Coach Raheem Morris said on Monday that Price was "day to day," adding that he hoped Price would be back this week. That seems almost certain at this point, as Price could potentially practice with the team on Wednesday.

And, if all goes well, look for Price to be in the starting lineup at Minnesota on Sunday for the second game in a row. It should be mentioned that Price, before leaving the Detroit game, had some of the most impactful snaps of any of the Bucs' defensive linemen.

If he continues to progress at this rate, while his conditioning also continues to improve, the Bucs are hopeful he could begin making his presence felt a whole lot more.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:46pm]


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