Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. More changes: Bucs cut WR Owusu, re-sign Murphy

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    Looking for help after an 0-3 start, the Bucs continue to tweak their roster, waiving receiver Chris Owusu on Tuesday and re-signing former Lakewood and Gators receiver Louis Murphy, who was among the team's final cuts.

    Owusu, who caught a touchdown pass in the season opener and returned a kickoff 45 yards against the Rams, had played zero offensive snaps in Thursday's loss at Atlanta, though coach Lovie Smith had said an ankle injury had factored in that decision. Murphy, whose contract would have been guaranteed if he'd made the opening-week roster, is on his fourth NFL team in as many seasons but gives the Bucs another veteran at receiver....

  2. Ex-Buc Williams' brother will face charge in stabbing

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    Nearly six months after ex-Bucs receiver Mike Williams was stabbed in the leg at his home in Tampa, his brother, Eric Baylor, now faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated battery with an arraignment set for Oct. 9.

    Baylor had been initially charged after the March incident, but prosecutors did not make the decision to formally pursue charges until Sept. 12. Williams, who was stabbed in the thigh in a rented home in Avila, was traded in April to the Buffalo Bills. He had told police initially that the stabbing was accidental and from horseplay, but witnesses gave police a different account of the stabbing, which sent Williams to the hospital....

  3. Bucs starter Josh McCown sees specialist; likely out vs. Steelers

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    TAMPA — Bucs starting QB Josh McCown is expected to miss Sunday's game at Pittsburgh and could be out longer if surgery is required to repair a ligament in his right thumb.

    McCown was examined by a hand specialist Monday and will be re-evaluated in a week or two to determine if surgery is needed. While McCown, 35, could play if surgery is avoided, it could still be several weeks before he returns to the playing field....

    Josh McCown, right, has damage in his right (throwing) thumb and saw a specialist, but it’s not known if he’ll need surgery.
  4. Bucs work out ex-Raiders QB Pryor

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    As the Bucs prepare to play Sunday without starting quarterback Josh McCown due to an injured thumb, the team took a closer look at a potential backup quarterback to Mike Glennon, working out former Ohio State and Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

    Pryor, who was among the Seahawks' final preseason cuts, was not immediately signed after the workout, though the Bucs need to add a backup to their 53-man roster if McCown is unable to play Sunday, as expected. Another option is promoting Mike Kafka, who was with the team during the whole offseason and is now on the practice squad after the team opted to carry only two quarterback on its active roster....

  5. Back-to-back unblocked rushes led to McCown injury

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    Bucs quarterback Josh McCown injured his thumb -- likely costing him this week's game at Pittsburgh -- on the second of back-to-back plays in the second quarter where the Falcons were able to get hit him with an unblocked pass-rusher.

    Tampa Bay, already trailing 35-0, had seen McCown complete a 36-yard pass to rookie receiver Mike Evans, then a 9-yard pass to Bobby Rainey for a second-and-1 at the Falcons' 36. The two plays that followed saw breakdowns in pass protection that put McCown on his back twice, and with a potentially significant injury on the second....

    Josh McCown sits on the sidelines after injuring his thumb against the Falcons. [AP photo]
  6. Ex-NFL RB Garner arrested on DUI charge

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    Former NFL running back Charlie Garner, whose 11-year career ended with the Bucs in 2004, was arrested early Monday morning in north Tampa on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

    Garner, 42, who twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards while with the 49ers, refused a blood-alcohol test after being stopped by the Tampa Police Department, according to arrest reports. He was arrested at 2:29 a.m. Monday, booked at 3:48 a.m., and was released at 2:59 p.m. on $500 bond. He is listed in the arrest report as living in north Tampa....

  7. Gerald McCoy aims to get fans back on Bucs' side

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    TAMPA — DT Gerald McCoy, held out Thursday with a broken left hand, had to watch from the sideline as his Bucs teammates took a 56-14 loss to the Falcons and fell to 0-3.

    He said he understands the frustration fans are feeling.

    "There's some really, really upset fans right now. … To get the fans back on our side, we can't sit and sulk in this," McCoy said Friday. "We're going to watch the film, and we've got to get back to work. In 2001, the Patriots started 1-3 and ended up winning the Super Bowl. It happens. This is an unpredictable league. You never know what can happen....

    “To get the fans back on our side, we can’t sit and sulk in this,” says Gerald McCoy, who hopes to play in the Bucs’ next game.
  8. Lovie on Bucs' penalties: 'That's not who we are'

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    The Bucs went into Thursday's game in Atlanta tied for the fewest penalties in the NFL, but came out of a 56-14 loss with 11 flags for 110 yards, including four 15-yard penalties for unnecessary roughness.

    "You look at our record, we were one of the least penalized teams before that. That's not who we are," coach Lovie Smith said Friday. "Last night, the wheels kind of fell off in a lot of different areas. We weren't as disciplined as we need to be and as we've been. That was a one-game happening that we don't want to see again."...

  9. McCoy: Loss hard to watch, but will be back soon

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    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, held out with a broken left hand, had to watch from the sidelines as his teammates took a humbling 56-14 loss to the Falcons, and he understands the frustration fans are feeling.

    "There's some really, really upset fans right now, but in order to get the fans back on our side, we can't sit and sulk in this," McCoy said. "We're going to watch the film today and we've got to get back to work. In 2001, the Patriots started 1-3 and ended up winning the Super Bowl. It happens. This is an unpredictable league, you never know what can happen. One thing you can't do is sit back and sulk in it. You have to accept it as what it is. You can't change it. The score is what it is. It's set in history. Now we have to move on."...

  10. Notes on 56-14 loss: Injuries taking toll on Bucs defense

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    Busy morning traveling back from Atlanta -- we'll have an open locker room with players at One Buc at noon, then Lovie Smith at 2 p.m., but here are a ton of notes we've been tweeting out since the end of the game.

    -- Five Bucs on defense -- Foster, McCoy, Johnson, Clayborn, Jenkins -- played 264 snaps in opener. With injuries, combined for 6 vs. Falcons.

    -- Who are Bucs throwing passes to? 15-for-17 to RBs (88 percent); 17-for-20 to TEs (85 percent); but just 28-for-53 to WRs (53 percent)....

  11. Notes: McCown out with injured thumb, Glennon in

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    ATLANTA -- In a half where everything seemed to go wrong for the Bucs, starting quarterback Josh McCown left the game in the second quarter after injuring the thumb on his throwing hand on a sack.

    McCown, who had earlier seen his fourth interception of the season returned for a touchdown by Atlanta's Kemal Ishmael, went 5-for-12 for 58 yards before the injury. He was replaced by second-year pro Mike Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last season....

  12. Bucs QB Josh McCown injures throwing hand

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    ATLANTA — In a half where everything seemed to go wrong for the Bucs, starting QB Josh McCown left in the second quarter of Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons after injuring the thumb on his throwing (right) hand on a sack.

    McCown, who had earlier seen his fourth interception of the season returned for a touchdown by S Kemal Ishmael, went 5-for-12 for 58 yards before the injury. He was replaced by second-year pro Mike Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last season. Glennon was 17-of-24 for 121 yards and a touchdown....

    Josh McCown is hit by Falcons cornerback Robert McClain in the second quarter. McCown left with an injured thumb.
  13. Live updates: Bucs 'embarrassed' by Falcons, 56-14

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    Greetings from the Georgia Dome, where the Bucs have a short turnaround to tonight's game against the Falcons as they seek their first win of the season. Key players again are out for Tampa Bay -- no Doug Martin, no Gerald McCoy, no Mason Foster, no Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and no Jeff Tedford, so Marcus Arroyo is calling the plays for a third game in a row.

    12:30 p.m.: Danny Lansanah's fourth-quarter pick-six is only reason Bucs didn't suffer most lopsided loss in their history. Lots more to come in notes and quotes ......

  14. Bucs face Falcons without RB Martin, DT McCoy

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    The Bucs will play in Atlanta tonight without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and running back Doug Martin, who are inactive with injuries and will not play against the Falcons.

    Two more starters will be out as expected: linebacker Mason Foster and rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who have been limited by shoulder and ankle injuries, respectively. For the third game in a row, the Bucs deactivated three young offensive linemen in guard Rishaw Johnson and rookies Kevin Pamphile and Kadeem Edwards....

  15. Bucs-Falcons preview

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    The Bucs proudly say they have a run-first offense. • They took that pretty literally during Sunday's loss to the Rams, running twice as often on first down as they threw the ball. And they stuck with that plan despite netting 7 yards on their first 13 first-down runs (0.6 per carry), including six straight that gained a yard or less. • "We just decided we've got to hang our hat on something and you can't get away from it," said quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who called plays in the first two games as coordinator Jeff Tedford recovered from a heart procedure. • "No matter how those 13 turned out, at the end of the game, we averaged 5.2 yards a rush. That's what you want. That's hard to average 5 yards a pop. That's a winning element in a lot of cases."...

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