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Foster hopeful he'll play Sunday against Lions



Bucs linebacker Mason Foster said he hasn't missed a football game in his career, dating back to high school.

And Foster, 24, is hoping that streak stays alive Sunday against the Lions, though he's unsure as he's dealing with a concussion suffered last week. Foster did not practice Thursday for the second straight day, with coach Greg Schiano saying he's "cautiously optimistic" he'll be ready.

"You never know, I think I'm close," Foster said. "But you've got to be safe. I hate missing anything, hate missing reps. So it's tough. At the same time I've got to look out for my future and make sure I'm able to play down the road and not get seriously hurt."

Foster, a third-year pro, has been playing well, with 40 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown last week. While Foster is still undergoing tests, and hasn't been cleared for practice, he's been participating in meetings and film study, trying to stay ready.

"I'm preparing like I'm going to play," Foster said. "Hopefully I'll get the go-ahead."

If Foster can't go, Adam Hayward will likely start in his place, though Schiano said there are different combinations they can use, especially in nickel packages.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:43pm]


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