Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFLPA files grievance in Tynes case

TAMPA — Add this to the Bucs' growing list of off-field concerns: DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said Tuesday that his union has filed a grievance against the Bucs relating to K Lawrence Tynes, who was sidelined for the season after a MRSA infection in August.

Smith, meeting with Bucs players as part of a regular tour of teams, said the grievance addresses "significant concerns about the manner in which that player and perhaps other players' safety was handled by the team."

Tynes was not placed on injured reserve, but the league's non-football injury list. The Bucs are paying his salary for this season as if he were on injured reserve.

Smith said the grievance process just started, but his goal is to assure proper treatment for other players.

"We will look forward to working with the league to try to figure out what the facts are and most importantly take steps that they and every team are protecting our players," he said.

Tynes and G Carl Nicks were diagnosed with MRSA infections in August. Nicks returned to play in the past two games.

ROSTER UPDATE: The Bucs cut WR Kevin Ogletree and S Ahmad Black on Tuesday. They also placed TE Greg Byhnam on IR with a calf injury. To fill the roster spots, the team promoted WR Chris Owusu from the practice squad and is expected to add former Rutgers and Bucs WR Tiquan Underwood.

Ogletree, who signed a two-year deal as a free agent from Dallas, had eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Black had 36 tackles last season but the pass defense struggled in the second half Sunday as he filled in for injured starter Mark Barron. Coach Greg Schiano said he's optimistic Barron can return healthy from his hamstring injury in time for the Eagles game on Oct. 13.

FINALLY BACK: Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, who started the opener at guard, returned to practice after missing nearly three weeks with an extended illness. Carimi said he battled a bacterial infection along with mononucleosis, dropping about 20 pounds while sleeping as much as 14 hours a day. He said he's being evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

ON THE ATTACK: Schiano is again facing criticism for having his defense attack a kneeldown at the end of a game, but he said he'll do it as long as he thinks it gives him a chance to win.

"We'll always examine each play. Should we still be running it? Should we not still be running it?" Schiano said Tuesday. "I do leave it up to the players, because — I'm not naive — I know it's a controversial thing. If our players feel we have a chance to win, they want to win. Last time I checked, that's what we're getting paid to do: go win. We'll play 60 minutes. It's an organized play. People know it's coming."

Arizona had two kneeldowns at the end of Sunday's 13-10 win, and the Bucs attacked both, knocking QB Carson Palmer on his back on the first. Cards coach Bruce Arians appeared to take exception, saying Monday only that, "That's their style … I have no comment on it."

Cards K Jay Feely said on Twitter on Tuesday that the Bucs defensive linemen were apologizing for what they were doing, and Schiano said on his radio show that DT Gerald McCoy had motioned to show what was coming. Asked Tuesday how he would handle the practice if his players came to him as a group and asked not to rush the kneeldown, he said he would do what the players as a group preferred.

"As long as it's not one guy, it's the defense, sure," he said. "They're the ones doing it."

Comments
Bucs’ Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

Bucs’ Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

TAMPA — The Bucs knew they might be playing without DT Gerald McCoy, who suffered a biceps injury early in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. But now they face the prospect of playing Monday against Atlanta without another of their defensive leaders, as LB ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

When Nigel Harris chose where to play college football, he wanted to stay home in Tampa at USF. And now, after playing for the Chargers and Giants as an NFL rookie, he's grateful for the chance to again prove himself in Tampa as the newest member of ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
NFL Week 15: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

NFL Week 15: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

Week 15 starts and ends with disappointment — a Thursday night meeting of two of the more disappointing teams (Denver at Indianapolis) and a Monday night game that once had held high hopes locally (Atlanta at Tampa Bay). Once.Here's our picks f...
Published: 12/14/17
Measuring Jameis Winston’s progress, and Dirk Koetter’s job security

Measuring Jameis Winston’s progress, and Dirk Koetter’s job security

TAMPA — It is one of the most honest moments of the season, captured in the first Hard Knocks episode. Jameis Winston is having a frank conversation with coach Dirk Koetter, seated behind his desk in his office at One Buc Place."I just want to have a...
Published: 12/14/17
Jones: If you were Jon Gruden, what would you do?

Jones: If you were Jon Gruden, what would you do?

What would you do?If you were Jon Gruden, what would you do?Well, you could go to Hooter’s and order a pitcher of beer and dozen wings. Then, Monday, you could go be inducted into the Bucs’ Ring of Honor.I’m talking about after that.Would you stay i...
Published: 12/14/17
Rick and Tom podcast: Dirk Koetter, Evan Longoria, Stanley Cup and more

Rick and Tom podcast: Dirk Koetter, Evan Longoria, Stanley Cup and more

Rick Stroud and Tom Jones answer a lightning round of questions.
Published: 12/14/17
Bucs’ Mike Evans gives the gift of perspective

Bucs’ Mike Evans gives the gift of perspective

TAMPA — So, this is Christmas.The Bucs are having an awful season. There is no way around it. Star receiver Mike Evans isn’t having a great year, either, not nearly as many catches or touchdowns as last season, when he was selected for the Pro Bowl.S...
Published: 12/13/17
Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: ‘Ain’t no #MeToo’

Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: ‘Ain’t no #MeToo’

Warren Sapp vehemently denied allegations that he sexually harassed a female employee when he worked at the NFL Network during a radio appearance this afternoon in Miami."Ain’t no #MeToo," the former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer said on the And...
Published: 12/13/17
Cannon Fodder podcast: Gerald McCoy still wants to play

Cannon Fodder podcast: Gerald McCoy still wants to play

Greg Auman has an update in his latest podcast while the Bucs have two days off during the long week.
Published: 12/13/17
Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

As baseball’s hot stove starts heating up, should the Rays go full fire sale to build for the future?In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether the Rays should trade guys like Evan Longoria, Chris Archer, Alex Colome and more,...
Published: 12/13/17