Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs lose RB Antone Smith, DE Howard Jones for season with injuries

TAMPA — The Bucs' injury problems this season have been concentrated at two positions, running back and defensive end, and they continued Thursday as RB Antone Smith and DE Howard Jones sustained season-ending knee injuries in a loss to the Falcons, coach Dirk Koetter said Friday.

Both were on crutches in the locker room after the game.

The Bucs had already exhausted their depth at both positions and will have to add players over the weekend as they prepare for the Nov. 13 home game against the Bears.

Smith, a former FSU standout who rushed five times for 25 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards Thursday, is the fourth running back to go down with an injury. Doug Martin has been out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury. Charles Sims was put on injured reserve after injuring a knee in Week 4, and Jacquizz Rodgers hurt a foot in Week 8. Russell Hansbrough could be promoted from the practice squad, or the team could seek a more experienced replacement elsewhere.

Jones, who had five sacks last season, hadn't found the same success as a backup pass-rusher, with just one tackle on defense and two on special teams this season. The team already had George Johnson (hip) and Jacquies Smith (knee) on injured reserve. Robert Ayers missed four games with an ankle injury.

Koetter also said that WR Mike Evans and G Kevin Pamphile were placed in the concussion protocol after the game but that Evans had made enough progress that Koetter expected him to practice Monday when the team gets back to work.

Koetter said he didn't expect other injuries — QB Jameis Winston's knee, C Joe Hawley's knee and LB Kwon Alexander's shoulder — to affect their availability for the Bears game.

WRONG CALL: Koetter said his decision to decline a 15-yard penalty on the Falcons that allowed them to hit a 41-yard field goal on the next play should not suggest that he didn't have confidence in his defense.

"If I had that to do over again, we should have taken that penalty, and that's on me," he said. "I don't want anyone to read in that I don't have confidence in the defense or anything like that. That was just a bad decision by me."

The penalty in the second quarter would have backed the Falcons up to third and 22 at the Bucs 38-yard line. Koetter declined the penalty, saying after the game that he believed the Falcons were still within the limits of K Matt Bryant's field-goal range either way.

Contact Greg Auman at [email protected] and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Comments
Bucs place Evan Smith and Shaun Wilson on injured reserve, Dare Ogunbowale, Kevin Minter signed

Bucs place Evan Smith and Shaun Wilson on injured reserve, Dare Ogunbowale, Kevin Minter signed

The Bucs promote Ogunbowale from the practice squad and re-sign Minter, who may play a bigger role with LB Lavonte David nursing a knee injury
Updated: 7 minutes ago
The Bucs are starting a journeyman over Jameis Winston. Here’s what that means

The Bucs are starting a journeyman over Jameis Winston. Here’s what that means

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter didn't take long to figure out who his starting quarterback will be this week. Less than 24 hours, to be exact.Fairly soon after the Bucs limped off the field following Sunday's embarrassingly futile 16-3 loss to Washington, K...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
FanSided: No NFL seat is hotter than the one underneath the Bucs’ Dirk Koetter

FanSided: No NFL seat is hotter than the one underneath the Bucs’ Dirk Koetter

Dirk Koetter tops FanSided's ranking of eight NFL head coaches on the hot seat, among the top headlines today on Sports Illustrated's website.
Updated: 1 hour ago
What you need to know about new Bucs kicker Cairo Santos

What you need to know about new Bucs kicker Cairo Santos

The Buccaneers signed Cairo Santos on Monday after cutting Chandler Catanzaro.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Ryan Fitzpatrick will stay under center for Bucs

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Ryan Fitzpatrick will stay under center for Bucs

Rick Stroud discusses the news, plus the signing of kicker Cairo Santos to replace Chandler Catanzaro.
Updated: 7 hours ago
Here’s Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s plan to hold onto his job as long as possible

Here’s Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s plan to hold onto his job as long as possible

TAMPA — It was Lovie Smith, the former philosopher/coach of the Bucs, who once dropped these pearls of wisdom: "It's not about the future, it's always about the future.''Well, Dirk Koetter's decision to stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterbac...
Published: 11/13/18
Bucs sign placekicker Cairo Santos

Bucs sign placekicker Cairo Santos

TAMPA — The Bucs signed placekicker Cairo Santos to replace Chandler Catanzaro, the team announced Monday night.Santos will become the Bucs' seventh placekicker since the beginning of the 2015 season.He owns a 84.1 field-goal conversion percent...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Buccaneers AfterMath: In Tampa Bay, time is a flat circle

Buccaneers AfterMath: In Tampa Bay, time is a flat circle

Everything the Bucs have ever done or will ever do, they will do over and over and over again.
Published: 11/12/18
Bucs cut Chandler Catanzaro, continuing the trend of in-season kicking changes

Bucs cut Chandler Catanzaro, continuing the trend of in-season kicking changes

TAMPA — The latest chapter in the Bucs' dubious kicking history ended on Monday as the club cut struggling Chandler Catanzaro a day after missing two field goals in a 16-3 home loss to Washington.Catanzaro was 11-for-15 on field-goal attempts i...
Published: 11/12/18
Dirk Koetter took over Bucs play-calling duties in an attempt to protect the defense

Dirk Koetter took over Bucs play-calling duties in an attempt to protect the defense

TAMPA — Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter explained his reasoning for taking over offensive play-calling duties for the team's 16-3 loss to Washington, saying that he wanted to gear the offense toward plays that could create a time of possession adv...
Published: 11/12/18