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Tampa Bay Buccaneers get a look at creamsicle uniforms

Running back LeGarrette Blount celebrates a score during last season’s throwback game. The third throwback game is Sunday.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2010)

Running back LeGarrette Blount celebrates a score during last season’s throwback game. The third throwback game is Sunday.

TAMPA — DE Adrian Clayborn was all of 9 years old when the Bucs debuted the current pewter and red ensemble they sport on Sundays.

The 23-year-old rookie doesn't recall much about his predecessors who wore creamsicle orange, which the Bucs will wear for Sunday's throwback day against the Panthers. But there's a certain appeal to the current Bucs when it comes to donning them.

"I don't know much about the tradition," Clayborn said, "but it looks cool."

The Bucs are having a throwback day for the third straight year and will enshrine TE Jimmie Giles into their Ring of Honor. Previous inductees were their original coach, John McKay, and lone Hall of Famer, Lee Roy Selmon. Small touches such as '70s music also will be a part of the festivities.

On Wednesday, players wore some of the retro accents, including the white helmets featuring the Bucco Bruce logo and orange and white cleats.

DT Albert Haynesworth, 30, said he recalls the days when the Bucs wore those uniforms. And he wasn't particularly fond of them.

"I used to think they were really ugly," he said.

And now?

"Well, I'm wearing it," he said. "I can make anything look good."

HOT SEAT? The Bucs have lost five consecutive games and could fall substantially short of their 10-6 mark of last season.

But coach Raheem Morris said he hasn't dwelled on his job security (or lack thereof).

"I am not an insurance salesman," Morris said. "We coach football.

"We are not in the business of being concerned about job security. They will call you up when they want you to go. And you shake their hands and you walk out … proud of what you were able to accomplish and what you were able to do. My job right now is to go out there and win football games. We got five of them guaranteed left, and I can't wait to play them."

Morris is signed through the 2012 season, GM Mark Dominik through 2014.

Injury report: Clayborn (back), DT Brian Price (ankle), DE Michael Bennett (groin), LB Adam Hayward (foot) and LB Dekoda Watson (groin) missed practice. Morris did not say when Clayborn was hurt. He said Price is day to day and continues to wear a walking boot.

DON'T ASK ME: Haynesworth, who was suspended five games for stomping on the head of then-Cowboys C Andre Gurode in 2006, didn't comment on a similar incident involving Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh on Thanksgiving against the Packers.

"That doesn't really have anything to do with me," he said. "It's the NFL. The NFL does what they want to do."

Suh was suspended two games but is appealing.

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at

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