LB Foster out for Lions game with concussion
The Bucs will be without starting linebacker Mason Foster in Sunday's game at Detroit, as coach Greg Schiano said Friday he'll be held out as he works to recover from a concussion suffered in last week's win against Atlanta.
Tampa Bay will be without two key defensive starters now -- safety Dashon Goldson is suspended from the game -- as they face a Detroit passing offense that ranks No. 3 in the NFL, averaging 311 passing yards per game.
"Mason Foster is not going to play this week," Schiano said. "We'll have some different combinations at linebacker to fill in for Mason, and certainly with Mason and Dashon down, middle of the defense, two starters, some guys are going to need to step up and I have full confidence that they will."
Schiano stopped short of saying veteran Adam Hayward would start in Foster's place, though the special-teams captain had five tackles filling in after Foster was hit by Goldson on a play late in the second quarter. With Dekoda Watson now working exclusively at defensive end, the team only has four linebackers on roster, with starters Lavonte David and Jonathan Casillas and rookie Ka'lial Glaud as a backup.
Glaud, who played for Schiano at Rutgers, has played two games on special teams since being promoted from the practice squad and has zero tackles. Watson could help at the position he's played most of his NFL career.
"(Glaud) is certainly in the mix. When you dress four linebackers," Schiano said. "He's got a hat and we're down one."
Schiano said the Bucs are very careful with players returning from concussions -- defensive end Da'Quan Bowers sat out last week's game after having symptoms after the previous game.
"As a club, if there's any doubt, you're not going to play," Schiano said. "It's not an ankle or a wrist or something, it's his brain. That's what is the best thing to do. It's a serious thing, these head injuries. I don't know the length, don't know if he'll be ready next week or in weeks to come. We'll have to play it by ear."