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Foster celebrates TD, feeling 'good' after concussion

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November

TAMPA -- A concussion in the second quarter kept Bucs LB Mason Foster from playing the rest of the game, and it also kept him from talking about his 37-yard interception return for a touchdown until Monday afternoon.

"It was a great play, great call, just having fun playing football," Foster said after team meetings as the Bucs got the day off from practice. "Dekoda (Watson) did a great job rushing the passer. Great play for our defense. When you play hard, stuff like that happens."

It's Foster's second pick-six of the season, following an 85-yard return against the Saints in September, one short of the team single-season record, and he said he has a little offense in his background to help him with the occasional open-field move as needed.

"I played a little fullback, played quarterback in high school. A little something like the old days," said Foster, who had one pick-six in college at Washington against Arizona off Nick Foles.

Foster was actually injured in a collision with teammate Dashon Goldson late in the second quarter and did not return. Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Foster will be observed in the next few days to check on concussion symptoms, but he could play Sunday at Detroit.

"I feel good," Foster said. "It's one of those things. I'm going to go talk to the trainers and get it all taken care of. I've never had a concussion, so this is the first time something like that came up, but we'll deal with it. It doesn't worry me. We've got great trainers, so I know I'm in good hands."

Foster is one of three NFL players with two touchdowns off interceptions this season, joining the Redskins' DeAngelo Hall and the Bears' Tim Jennings. His two TDs off INTs match the most by any non-defensive back since the Bucs' Derrick Brooks had three in 2002.

COULD BE BACK: Rookie CB Johnthan Banks went down late in Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, and Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the injury is "very painful" but he is only "day to day" and could return Sunday at Detroit. "Hopefully by the end of the week he'll be able to go," said Schiano, adding that DE Da'Quan Bowers, who was held out of the Atlanta game following his own concussion-like symptoms, should also return.

LET'S ROLL: The Bucs' Gerald McCoy said he's looking forward to the matchup of Bucs CB Darrelle Revis and Lions WR Calvin "Megatron" Johnson on Sunday, but he said too much of the public attention is on Johnson.

"Everybody wants to talk about Megatron," McCoy said. "We've got Optimus Prime. Everybody knows how that ended in the movie. Optimus Prime came out on top. We have a counter for Megatron."

Revis was asked Sunday if he'd faced Johnson before and his response was a simple "Yes, Look at the stats." Back in 2010, Revis' Jets beat Johnson's Lions, and Johnson was held to one catch for 13 yards, which is his low for yards in his last 61 games going back to 2009 and matches his low for receptions in that span.

REVIS BONUS: Revis nearly blocked a kick Sunday, saying the team added him to the options on special teams, as assistant Dave Wannstedt saw him block kicks when they were at Pittsburgh together from 2004-06.

"I think I might have overrun it," Revis said of the near-miss. "When I stuck my hands out to block it, I kind of felt the wind from the ball go up under me. I was kind of disappointed. We put it in this week. Me and Wannstedt go way back to Pitt, where I blocked a bunch of field goals. I overran it. Sorry for overrunning it."

[Last modified: Monday, November 18, 2013 3:51pm]

    

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