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Williams or Petitgout: who's the bigger loss?



A lot of you out there have commented on Sunday's injury news with varied takes offered as to how the losses will impact the Bucs.

So, I've been wondering: which of these two huge losses -- Cadillac Williams or Luke Petitgout -- will be tougher for the Bucs to overcome? As I type that, it kind of dawned on me that this is kind of like asking whether one would prefer lethal injection or the gas chamber.

In all seriousness, with Williams gone, the Bucs lose a home-run threat on offense -- regardless of how average he may have looked prior to his injury. The guy had been running with a bruised ribcage for three weeks, or did you forget? Sure, the Bucs have faith in Michael Pittman and Earnest Graham, but Cadillac Williams is still a pretty talented guy.

On the other hand, the Bucs are now facing the prospect of having to rely on Donald Penn to protect Jeff Garcia against the league's elite pass rushers. He gets a nice welcome-to-the-NFL gift this weekend when he is likely to make the first start of his career against All-Pro Dwight Freeney. I'm guessing the thought of that matchup will have Jon Gruden missing a little sleep this week.

So, what are your thoughts? Which of these two painful losses will be tougher to overcome?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:50pm]


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