Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Corey Lynch ready to step in for injured Will Allen

What’s this? Josh Freeman’s slide that ended up short of a first down brought him a good bit of grief from all over.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

What’s this? Josh Freeman’s slide that ended up short of a first down brought him a good bit of grief from all over.

TAMPA — S Corey Lynch says part of life in the NFL is waiting your turn and taking advantage when opportunity knocks.

And beginning Sunday against the Dolphins, Lynch may get more chances to make plays in the Bucs secondary.

With S Will Allen (broken thumb) put on injured reserve Wednesday, Lynch is expected to step into the third safety spot. Lynch, 24, a second-year pro signed off the Bengals practice squad in late September, says he's ready for the challenge.

"I've been comfortable with the defense for a long time, I was just patiently waiting for my turn," he said.

Lynch played Sunday against the Packers after Allen was injured. The former Appalachian State star got a hand on an Aaron Rodgers' pass that was intercepted by CB Aqib Talib.

"When you go in there and are kind of new, you kind of feel like … as soon as they cross the 50, they're probably going to go after you," Lynch said. "That's exactly what they did. … I wish I would have made more of the (tipped ball), but it ended up in Aqib's hands."

Lynch then joked, "Maybe he can take me to the Pro Bowl."

GO FOR IT: When QB Josh Freeman scrambled and slid a yard shy of a first down on the fourth play from scrimmage Sunday, he probably walked away a little red-faced.

That's according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who is still ribbing his young quarterback about his gaffe. And Freeman is hearing it from someone else, too: former Bucs QB Jeff Garcia. He called Olson and left a message that he asked the coach to play for Freeman.

"That was not what you expect to see from him," Olson said. "I said, 'I don't know where you learned that or practiced that.' Coming out of college, I'd never seen that from him. In the preseason, he never slid, so that was kind of a shock to everybody.

"I got a phone message from Jeff Garcia, who broke his nose last year trying to get a first down. He said, 'Let him listen to what I have to say about that.' We talked in the quarterback (meeting) room about that. 'What do you want your reputation in the league to be? You want to be a tough guy. You're 6-5 and 260 pounds.' "

INJURY REPORT: Starting WRs Antonio Bryant (knee) and Michael Clayton (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Bryant missed Sunday's 38-28 win over the Packers.

DE Stylez White (shoulder) and QB Byron Leftwich (right elbow) also didn't practice. G Davin Joseph (ankle) had limited participation. RB Clifton Smith (knee) had full participation. White was injured late in Sunday's game.

MISCELLANY: CB Derrick Roberson was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad, LB Matt McCoy was re-signed and LB Rod Wilson was put on injured reserve. Wilson, the backup middle linebacker to Barrett Ruud, said it was a hamstring injury that had bothered him for a while, but got worse after Sunday's game.

Times staff writers Stephen Holder and Rick Stroud contributed to this report. Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com.

Dolphins update

Porter among those missing practice

DAVIE — Linebacker Joey Porter (hamstring, knee) and guard Justin Smiley (shoulder) were sidelined from practice with injuries Wednesday as the Dolphins prepare to host the Bucs this Sunday. Porter and Smiley worked out on stationary bikes. They were joined by nose tackle Paul Soliai (ankle) and linebacker Erik Walden (hamstring), both reserves. Starting tight end Anthony Fasano (hip) was limited.

Times wires

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Corey Lynch ready to step in for injured Will Allen 11/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 9:48pm]

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