Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hamstring might keep Bucs' Barron out

TAMPA — The Bucs might be without one of their top tacklers and pass defenders Sunday against the Rams.

S Mark Barron was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He is the team's second-leading tackler with 88 and has two interceptions and two sacks. If he can't go, second-year pro Keith Tandy will start.

Also, coach Greg Schiano said that DE Da'Quan Bowers won't play because of a knee injury.

"It's not a recurrence of his previous problem," he said.

On the Rams' side, rookie WR Tavon Austin did not practice for the third day in a row due to a left ankle injury and is questionable. Coach Jeff Fisher said only that Austin, who sat out last week, was "improving."

Season over: G Carl Nicks, out since Sept. 29 due to a recurring bout with MRSA, won't return this season, Schiano said.

BUSY WEEK: Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was reportedly scheduled to interview for the coaching job at Army, his alma mater, on Friday in Tampa.

"When you have good coaches, … that's part of the business," Schiano said. "Mike is a heck of a football coach. But our focus is really on the St. Louis Rams and what we've got to do to win that game."

MORE ATTENTION: Especially since Mike Williams went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury in October, WR Vincent Jackson has been the focus of defenses, which have often kept a second defender around him.

"You see more coverages rolled my way," Jackson said. "It can be tougher, but you can find ways around that. Obviously there's other great receivers in the league that draw a lot of attention. They still find a way to be productive."

Jackson ranks sixth in the league in receiving yards over the past two seasons with 2,475. On Sunday, he can become the first Buc with at least eight touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

THIS AND THAT: Austin has a history with Schiano. He went 3-0 against Schiano's Rutgers teams while at West Virginia from 2009-11. In the last two meetings, he totaled 330 yards of offense and four touchdowns, including scoring runs of 80 and 46 yards. … Sunday's game features two of the league's leaders in tackles for losses. Rams DE Robert Quinn leads with 18, and Bucs LB Lavonte David is tied for second with 17. Bucs DT Gerald McCoy (14) and DE Adrian Clayborn (13) also rank among the top 12. … One battle of strengths will be fumbles. St. Louis has forced a league-high 22; the Bucs have lost seven, tied for third fewest.

Hamstring might keep Bucs' Barron out 12/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting


    UPDATE, 12:45: Cash said Robertson was taking better swings Friday and so he wanted to move him up today, liking the idea of having three straight right-handers vs. a LHP they don't know much about. ... Souza was still smiling this morning about his failed dive attempt last night, and the reaction it got. .. The …

  2. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  3. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  4. This Tampa Bay Lightning wing rides the newest wave of fan interaction

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There are photos of Lightning fan Shaun Egger as a toddler at center ice at the then-Thunderome, aka Tropicana Field. He's played in the Lightning's high school hockey league for Palm Harbor University. But his closest personal encounter with players had been waving through a crowd after a training camp …

    Tampa Bay Lightning player J.T. Brown wears his anti UV glasses as he talks over the headset with a hockey fan while they play against each other on line in an XBOX NHL video game in Brown's game room at his home in south Tampa. The fan chose to be the Washington Capitals and Brown, of course, was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown interacts with fans through video game systems as he streams the games live on Twitch with plans for the proceeds to go to charity.
  5. ‘Biggest fight' behind her, Petra Kvitova returns ahead of schedule


    PARIS — Five months after a home invader's knife sliced into her left hand, Petra Kvitova will return to competitive tennis at the French Open, a last-minute decision to make her comeback earlier than expected.

    Petra Kvitova adjusts her hair during a news conference at Roland Garros Stadium, where she will make her tennis return at the French Open. Kvitova's left hand was badly injured by a knife-wielding intruder in December; she has recovered ahead of schedule. [Associated Press]