Saturday, July 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jacquizz Rodgers' injury costs Bucs third starting running back

TAMPA — The Bucs, already with their top two running backs sidelined, might have lost starter Jacquizz Rodgers to a foot injury late in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Raiders.

The team announced early in overtime that Rodgers would not return.

"I don't think it's probably good," coach Dirk Koetter said after the game. "But I don't know for sure. It's something to do with his ankle."

Rodgers, who had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games entering Sunday, finished with 69 yards on 19 carries, including a 1-yard run that gave the Bucs the lead with 3:48 left.

Though the Bucs have been able to weather the absence of Doug Martin (out since Week 2, hamstring) and Charles Sims (out since Week 4, knee), it might struggle to run if Rodgers can't play Thursday against Atlanta. They would be left with rookie Peyton Barber, who had one carry for 1 yard Sunday, and veteran Antone Smith, who had four for 16, plus a 9-yard catch.

The Bucs got DE Robert Ayers back from an ankle injury for the first time since Week 2. He had one tackle.

MUCH IN COMMON: It was a rough day for former Florida State kickers taken high in the draft.

Bucs rookie Roberto Aguayo missed an extra point that would have tied the score at 17 on the first play of the fourth quarter. The miss was ultimately moot — QB Jameis Winston hit WR Mike Evans for a two-point conversion after the next score — and he had the better day of the former Seminoles kickers on the field.

Sebastian Janikowski, in his 17th season after going to the Raiders in the first round in 2000, missed a 50-yarder to win as time expired, then a 52-yard kick in overtime to keep the Bucs alive.

FLAGS FLYING: Only once in the past 64 years has an NFL team had more penalty yards than the 200 (on 23 penalties) the Raiders had Sunday.

In 1999, the Titans had 212 yards (on 15 penalties) and pulled out a 14-11 win over the Ravens, who had as a young assistant coach current Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

THIS AND THAT: Bucs LB Kwon Alexander had a game-high 14 tackles, part of an exhausting day that saw Tampa Bay's defense on the field for 85 plays, not counting penalties. From the start of the second quarter on, the Raiders had the ball for 40:16, compared to 18:00 for the Bucs. … The Raiders' penalty problems were at their worst on the Bucs' go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay got four consecutive first downs on penalties. … Raiders QB Derek Carr's 513 passing yards surpassed Giants QB Eli Manning's 510 in 2012 for the most against the Bucs. The Raiders' 626 total yards broke that Giants team's 604 for the most allowed by the Bucs. … The Bucs were outgained by 356 yards, the fourth-worst margin in team history. A 1985 loss to the Packers saw Tampa Bay outgained 512-65.

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