Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Joseph makes preseason debut

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MIAMI — Exactly one year after Davin Joseph's 2012 season ended with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, he returned to the field, starting at right guard in Saturday's 17-16 preseason win against the Dolphins.

Joseph played into the second quarter.

LG Carl Nicks was out with a left toe injury and a staph infection. Gabe Carimi shifted from tackle to start in his place.

Several other key Bucs were held out. That included RB Doug Martin, who left the previous week's game at New England after taking a blow to the head. Martin has said he passed his concussion tests and felt fine last week.

As expected, CB Darrelle Revis was held out as he continues to recover from a torn left ACL sustained last season.

Other Bucs held out: FB Erik Lorig, CB Danny Gorrer, WR Chris Owusu, RB Michael Smith, TE Zach Miller and DE Aaron Morgan.

Good start: Veteran K Rian Lindell, signed last week to compete with Derek Dimke while Lawrence Tynes is sidelined with a staph infection, debuted in the second quarter.

Lindell connected on a 38-yard field goal to give the Bucs a 10-3 lead. Lindell made the extra point after the Bucs' first touchdown and Dimke the one after their second.

STAYED LONGER: Bucs QB Josh Freeman played well into the third quarter, giving way to rookie Mike Glennon with 2:15 left. Glennon went three-and-out on his first drive, missing on a pass on third and 7, and finished 3-of-9 for 44 yards and a 12-yard pass to David Douglas for the winning touchdown.

MISSING MARTIN: With Martin out, the Bucs struggled to establish their running game, totaling 26 yards on 13 carries in the first half.

For the game, they finished with 90 yards on 26 carries. Brian Leonard, who started for Martin, had a 1-yard touchdown run. He finished with 10 carries for 38 yards.

Rookie Mike James, who played his college games at Sun Life Stadium while at Miami, finished with 17 yards on seven carries.

STEPPING UP: DE Trevor Scott, who signed Tuesday, had a hand in three sacks. He combined with LB Lavonte David for one and DE Da'Quan Bowers for another, and broke free for his own sack in the third quarter, forcing a fumble by QB Pat Devlin that the Dolphins recovered.

Scott played for the Patriots last season, getting three sacks in limited action. He played four seasons with Oakland before that, starting 16 games.

TESTED OFTEN: Miami attempted 27 passes during the first half, with Ryan Tannehill completing 17 for 150 yards and a touchdown. Bucs rookie CB Johnthan Banks, who covered WR Brian Hartline for much of the half, had four tackles before halftime, as did second-year pro Leonard Johnson.

THIS AND THAT: WR Vincent Jackson had two drops during the first half and finished the game with one catch for 13 yards. He did draw a pass interference penalty that helped lead to a touchdown. … It was a busy night for former Gators, with Chas Henry punting during the second half for the Bucs, Caleb Sturgis kicking three field goals (22, 23 and 28 yards) for the Dolphins and RB Mike Gillislee recovering a fumble and running six times for 11 yards for Miami.

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