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Rookie LB Foster will play all downs and wear helmet transmitter vs Falcons



Rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster will be the only voice in the Bucs' defensive huddle Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Foster, who took over the play-calling duties when strong side linebacker Quincy Black missed the second half of the Bucs 24-20 win at Minnesota with an ankle injury, will wear the helmet transmitter Sunday if Black doesn't play.

That formula worked at Minnesota Sunday as the Bucs' defense limited the Vikings to 114 total yards in the second half with Foster communicating the plays.

"Mason will call the plays if Quincy doesn't go,'' coach Raheem Morris said Thursday. "He's not that deficient. I was just trying to take something off his plate. Mason is sharp, smart. Mason is dying to get the green thing (transmitter) in his helmet anyway. He wants all the information. He's doing well.

"He probably could've done it right from the beginning. I just made it easy for him. He'll play all situations this week. He'll get a chance to be out there in nickel, he'll be in two minute, he'll be in base. He'll get a chance to wear the helmet (with the transmitter).''





[Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:42pm]


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