Monday, December 18, 2017
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Bucs' Chris Baker on playing 16 straight weeks: 'This is crazy'

While the NFL's decision to move the Bucs-Dolphins game to Nov. 19 will avoid the threat of Hurricane Irma, it means both teams will play on 16 straight weekends to finish the regular season.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made it clear Monday that "nobody wants that," and defensive tackle Chris Baker, already one of the team's most outspoken players on social media, tweeted much the same Tuesday and again Wednesday morning.

"Dear @NFL @NFLPA the players are not interested in playing 16 straight weeks #PLAYERSAFETY THIS IS CRAZY," he wrote Wednesday morning. On Tuesday night, he tweeted "Player safety 16 straight weeks," with a series of questioning and surprised emojis.

Defensive end Ryan Russell tweeted Tuesday that "I know this is the last thing I should be worried about ... but I can't imagine watching everyone else play this Sunday and us not."

And running back Jacquizz Rodgers was unhappy about the uncertainty Tuesday afternoon, tweeting "Hurricane approaching and we still have no plans set in stone."

New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh had been reported as neutral-site options that would have allowed the game to be played this weekend.

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