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Rainey wins NFC offensive player of the week

TAMPA — The Bucs' Bobby Rainey, who rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns Sunday, was named the NFC's offensive player of the week on Wednesday.

He's the third Buc to top 140 yards this season, following Doug Martin and Mike James before their season-ending injuries.

"It's great for the offensive line the way they came out and blocked," Rainey said. "What they do every week is huge for the offense, period. It's something to build off of; a great feeling. And I have to stay consistent doing that."

Rainey is just the third Buc to win the award over the past seven seasons. Martin won last season and QB Josh Freeman twice in 2010. Over the past 10 years, just four players have had games with 160 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown: Rainey, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden.

"That award goes to the entire offensive line," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "You look at what they've done since Seattle.

"By the same token, Bobby really has a good feel for this run game."

INJURIES: Already without suspended S Dashon Goldson, the Bucs practiced without two other starters, LB Mason Foster and CB Johnthan Banks.

Schiano said Banks' injured shoulder was feeling better but Banks was limited. Foster watched drills in a yellow noncontact jersey as he continues to be observed following a concussion sustained Sunday.

Adam Hayward worked as a first-string linebacker, and Leonard Johnson worked at corner with Keith Tandy stepping in for Goldson.

"Certainly a big loss with Dashon not being able to play with the suspension," Schiano said. "It's no different than if he were injured. We have to find a way to rise up. We have confidence that (Tandy) will play well."

The Bucs listed five players on their injury report who participating fully: DE Da'Quan Bowers (concussion), RG Davin Joseph (knee), LG Jamon Meredith (ankle), WR Chris Owusu (foot) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist).

Media talk: Some Detroit reporters took exception to Schiano on Wednesday, writing he "hung up" on the weekly conference call with media for the opposing team. A Bucs representative said there was "time for a couple more" questions, and Schiano answered two more, closing with "Guys, I appreciate it. I'll see you on Sunday."

Greg Auman can be reached at and at (813) 226-3346. Follow him on Twitter at @gregauman.

Rainey wins NFC offensive player of the week 11/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:00pm]
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