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Tampa Bay Buccaneers news and notes: Adrian Clayborn's enthusiasm, defensive linemen improving, receiver and safety shine in last public practice

All-clear signal for D-linemen

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (shoulder sprain), top, and Brian Price (hamstring/pelvis), who did not play Friday at Kansas City, are both expected to participate in Thursday's preseason home opener against the Patriots. "We certainly think we're going to get McCoy and Price …" Morris said.

Injury update

CB Aqib Talib (hamstring) did not practice Sunday and is day to day. Another corner, Myron Lewis, has a hamstring strain and did not play at Kansas City. Coach Raheem Morris said both were "still iffy" for Thursday's game.

CB Ahmad Black has a high ankle sprain and is week to week. "Hopefully, we can get him back out there in the preseason," Morris said.

TE Luke Stocker (hip) participated in some individual drills but still is week to week.

WR Arrelious Benn (knee) and TE Kellen Winslow (knee) were held out of the first preseason game as a precaution. Morris said Benn probably won't play against the Patriots.

Stars of the day

It was hard to determine which player put on the better show in the final practice open to the public, WR Mike Williams or S Sean Jones.

Williams, who led all rookies last season with 11 touchdowns, had several circus catches for scores in the workout, including a leaping, fingertip grab of a pass from QB Josh Freeman that he virtually plucked off the crossbar. Meanwhile, Jones had two interceptions and batted down a pass in the red zone.

A day for transactions

The Bucs signed WR Aundrae Allison and former Redskins WR Maurice Price. Boise State QB Mike Coughlin was released. WR Raymond Webber was placed on injured reserve. Allison was a fifth-round pick by the Vikings in 2007 out of East Carolina. He was claimed off waivers by the Jets in 2009 before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the final preseason game. Allison did not play last season and was drafted by the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. Price has played for four teams in four seasons and has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"After he calmed down, he really stood out — after he had the first play. He just forgot to run his assignment, he was so hyped up. I think he made the play anyway. So he got a minus, attaboy type of deal. That was bad, but very good, type of deal."

Raheem Morris, Bucs coach, on the play Friday of first-round pick DE Adrian Clayborn, right

Preseason

Thursday: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 27: Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Sept. 1: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Regular season

Sept. 11: Lions, 1, Ch. 13 *

Sept. 18: at Vikings, 1, Ch. 13

Sept. 25: Falcons, 4:15, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 3: Colts, 8:30, ESPN, Ch. 28 *

Oct. 9: at 49ers, 4, Ch. 13

Oct. 16: Saints, 4:15, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 23: Bears (London), 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 6: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 13: Texans, 1, Ch. 10 *

Nov. 20: at Packers, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 27: at Titans, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 4: Panthers, 1, Ch. 13 *

Dec. 11: at Jaguars, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 17: Cowboys, 8:20, NFL Network, TBD *

Dec. 24: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13

Jan. 1: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13

* Broadcast subject to NFL blackout rules

Tampa Bay Buccaneers news and notes: Adrian Clayborn's enthusiasm, defensive linemen improving, receiver and safety shine in last public practice 08/14/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 14, 2011 9:55pm]
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