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Foster, Banks held out of practice Wednesday

Mason Foster watched drills in a yellow non-contact jersey as he continues to be observed following a concussion suffered in Sunday's win against Atlanta.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Mason Foster watched drills in a yellow non-contact jersey as he continues to be observed following a concussion suffered in Sunday's win against Atlanta.

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Already without suspended safety Dashon Goldson, the Bucs defense practiced without two other key starters as linebacker Mason Foster and cornerback Johnthan Banks remain in question due to injuries.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano said that Banks' injured shoulder was "feeling better" but he was limited in practice, while Foster watched drills in a yellow non-contact jersey as he continues to be observed following a concussion suffered in Sunday's win against Atlanta.

With those two out, the Bucs had Adam Hayward working as a first-string linebacker and Leonard Johnson working as a corner, with Keith Tandy stepping in at safety for Goldson, as he will Sunday at Detroit.

"Certainly a big loss with Dashon not being able to play with the suspension, but that's the way it is," Schiano said. "It's no different than if he were injured. We have to find a way to rise up. ... We have confidence that (Tandy) will play well."

The Bucs listed five players on their injury report but participating fully in Wednesday's practice: DE Da'Quan Bowers (concussion), G Davin Joseph (knee), G Jamon Meredith (ankle), WR Chris Owusu (foot) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist).

MORE HONORS: Bucs running back Bobby Rainey, who rushed for 163 yards and had three total touchdowns Sunday, was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. He's the third Bucs back to top 140 yards in a game this season, following Doug Martin and Mike James before their season-ending injuries, and he said the credit should go to his offensive line.

"It's great for the offensive line really, the way they came out and blocked," Rainey said Wednesday. "What they do every week is huge for the offense, period. It's something to build off of, a great feeling, and I have to stay consistent doing that."

Rainey is just the third Bucs player to win the offensive honors in the past seven seasons -- Martin won once last season and quarterback Josh Freeman did so twice in 2010. In the past 10 years, just four NFL players have had games with 160 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown: Rainey, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden.

"That award goes to the entire offensive line," Schiano said. 'You look at what they've done since Seattle ... The constant is that offensive line. By the same token, Bobby really has a good feel for this run game, and that's who we are."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:38pm]

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