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Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm fined $7,500 for hit on Carolina Panthers tight end Dante Rosario

return probable: Receiver Sammie Stroughter likely will play Sunday after missing two games with a foot sprain.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

return probable: Receiver Sammie Stroughter likely will play Sunday after missing two games with a foot sprain.

TAMPA — Bucs S Cody Grimm was fined $7,500 by the league for his hit on Carolina TE Dante Rosario in Sunday's 31-16 win over the Panthers.

Grimm was penalized 15 yards in the fourth quarter for "launching" into Rosario.

Grimm said he disagreed with the fine.

"I think he was trying to duck out of my hit," Grimm said. "And my shoulder caught his head. Literally, it was like a backside dig (route). They said I launched. (Rosario) started to get down and just dipped right into my shoulder-head combo, I guess.

"Whatever. I can't do anything about it now."

BLACK questionable: Starting strongside LB Quincy Black could miss a second straight game with an ankle sprain he sustained Nov. 7 at Atlanta.

For the second straight day Thursday, Black missed practice. It appears rookie Dekoda Watson from Florida State could get his second straight start Sunday against the 49ers. Black did not play against Carolina.

"Well, it is the ankle," coach Raheem Morris said. "He's in the position where you have to have some backbone behind you, sturdiness, so it is concerning for all of us.

"(Black) was running pretty good last week. He reaggravated (the ankle) a little bit on that Friday, so we're going to have to see where he is again and try and get him healthy as quickly as we can."

With Black out, the Bucs decided to platoon Watson and LB Adam Hayward against Carolina. Each had three tackles.

"It really went well," Morris said. "Dekoda came out and was able to get the first start of his career and be very active and running around. He played fast and had some fun.

"We sent (Hayward) out there, and he was able to get a couple of series for us and do a couple of things for us. The combination of those two being able to play for us was really good for us because I didn't lose either one of them on special teams. They were still able to go out there and make significant plays on special teams.

"Dekoda actually played better on special teams after playing on defense. (Hayward) was able to go out there and get some double teams off of him and make some tackles. It was a good combination."

STROUGHTER TO RETURN: WR Sammie Stroughter, who missed the past two games with a foot sprain, will likely return to action against the 49ers.

Stroughter practiced for a second straight day and could be used as the slot receiver on passing downs.

Stroughter essentially lost his starting position at receiver to rookie Arrelious Benn but is a key part of the three-wide-receiver package.

"(Stroughter) has his role," Morris said.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm fined $7,500 for hit on Carolina Panthers tight end Dante Rosario 11/18/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 9:09am]
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