Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jeff Faine, Jeremy Trueblood, Earnest Graham out for Sunday vs. Atlanta Falcons

TAMPA — C Jeff Faine (quad) and RT Jeremy Trueblood (knee) won't play Sunday against the Falcons, meaning the Bucs will use the same young offensive line as last week, coach Raheem Morris said Friday.

And with Earnest Graham (hamstring) also out, the team likely will start rookie Erik Lorig at fullback.

Faine will miss his fourth straight game and Trueblood his second.

But Morris said he had confidence in a line that includes rookie LG Ted Larsen, C Jeremy Zuttah and RT James Lee, who performed well Sunday despite an extremely loud, domed environment in Arizona.

It was a good test for the hostile crowd they can expect Sunday in the Georgia Dome.

"You can simulate crowd noise all you want, you can do as many things as you like," Morris said. "Until you get to a dome and it was as loud as it was on that first third down, that was impressive."

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said he was "extremely gratified and satisfied" with the way the line performed, noting how difficult it is for young players such as Larsen and Zuttah to adjust to new positions.

Morris credited G Davin Joseph and T Donald Penn, the veterans of the group, for their leadership. Penn, who prides himself on facing — and faring well against — some of the league's top defensive ends, will have a tough challenge with Falcons DE John Abraham.

"That's one of the guys I have a high, high respect for," Penn said. "But John Abraham knows what he has in front of him, and I know what I have in front of me. … We've battled year in and year out since I've been in this league. He's lost a couple, I've lost a couple. We'll see who wins this one."

MEDICAL MATTERS: Graham's hamstring has bothered him all season, and though Morris said he "sucked it up and went for us" in Arizona, Graham hasn't practiced all week. "You've got to find a way to get that thing better as fast as you can," Morris said. "As you know, (hamstring injuries) can bother you for a season if you let them."

DT Ryan Sims (knee) also is out.

Morris said either DT Al Woods, signed from the Steelers' practice squad this week, or DE Alex Magee, acquired from the Chiefs, could be activated. The Bucs also could promote DT Doug Worthington from the practice squad.

Others on the injury report: WR Sammie Stroughter (foot) is questionable, and DT Gerald McCoy (neck), DE Kyle Moore (shoulder), WR Preston Parker (knee) and TE Kellen Winslow (knee) are probable.

For the Falcons, starting FB Ovie Mughelli (hamstring) returned to practice Friday and is listed as questionable along with LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee), who didn't practice. Backup TE Justin Peelle (groin) is out. Abraham (ankle), LB Curtis Lofton (knee), CB Dunta Robinson (head, knee) and RB Antone Smith (shoulder) are probable.

DOUBLE THREAT: LeGarrette Blount's impact isn't limited to his rushing yards. The threat of having a big, productive running back also changes how defenses have to approach the Bucs, potentially forcing them to move more players inside the box to stop the run.

"Anytime you have a big, strong running back like Blount that is going to be tough to tackle, he's a load, you don't want to see him rumbling down in your secondary," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "It creates opportunities for other guys because now you're going to possibly have to change your strategy and your tactics in how you're going to defend the offense when they have the ability to run effectively. It really creates issues for defensive coaches in terms of how they want to try to present how they're going to stop the run game."

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jeff Faine, Jeremy Trueblood, Earnest Graham out for Sunday vs. Atlanta Falcons 11/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 9:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality

    Bucs

    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  2. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'

    Blogs

    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

    Jake Dotchin violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games.
  3. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'

    Bucs

    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  4. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings

    Bucs

    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations

    Blogs

    Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud. 

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.