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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. Thursday NFL games: Bears-Lions, Eagles-Cowboys, Seahawks-49ers

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    Bears at Lions

    When/where: 12:30; Ford Field, Detroit

    TV/radio: Ch. 10; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM

    Line/OU: Lions by 7; 47½

    Two of the NFL's top receivers square off; in the last meeting, Calvin Johnson's two TDs trumped Brandon Marshall's two TDs in a 21-19 Lions win in an NFC North matchup. Two 7-4 NFC teams would miss the playoffs right now, so pressure's on Detroit, which gets its next three at home (including Bucs next week) before closing at Chicago and at Green Bay....

  2. Bucs' Collins still inspired by late Bengals teammate Henry

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    Happy Thanksgiving to you, and Thursday's Times has a feature on Bucs tackle Anthony Collins, who has an emotional reunion Sunday with a Bengals team he played for in his first six NFL seasons. It's a reminder, too, of the impact that former Bengals receiver Chris Henry, who died at age 26 in 2009, continues to have on Collins. Here's the full story....

  3. Bucs' Anthony Collins draws inspiration from lost friends

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    TAMPA — As a pregame ritual, Bucs tackle Anthony Collins quietly walks from one end zone to the other, finding inspiration and peace in thoughts of friends he has lost, including former Bengals teammate Chris Henry.

    "My people that are in heaven that I've lost, I basically talk to them," Collins said this week. " 'I'm still here. I'm still doing it for y'all.' "

    Nearly five years have passed since Henry's death at age 26, but he is still very much with Collins....

    Bucs tackle Anthony Collins, shown here while with the Bengals, honors former teammate Chris Henry with the late player’s No. 15.
  4. Lavonte David, Clinton McDonald still sidelined

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    Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, did not practice for the second straight day this week, with defensive tackle Clinton McDonald also held out of Wednesday's practice at One Buc Place.

    Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was back practicing after sitting out Tuesday with back problems that took him out of much of Sunday's loss at Chicago. Two other tight ends -- Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker -- remained out, with new arrivals Cameron Brate and D.J. Williams taking their place in drills....

  5. Bucs release returner Marcus Thigpen

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    TAMPA — The revolving door at return specialist continues to spin for the Bucs, who released Marcus Thigpen on Tuesday after he muffed a punt return for the second week in a row in Sunday's loss at Chicago.

    Thigpen, who had handled punts and kickoffs for the past four games, had a 53-yard punt return against the Falcons, the team's longest since 2009, but muffed a punt that was recovered by the Redskins last week, then recovered his own muff on a kick Sunday. Of his 14 kickoffs in four games, just one was brought out past the 21-yard line, and that was to the 27....

  6. David, TEs sidelined as Bucs practice at Trop

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    Afternoon rains sent the Bucs indoors to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg for Tuesday's practice, where linebacker Lavonte David did not practice as he continues to be sidelined by a hamstring injury.

    David, who missed the first game of his three-year career Sunday, was the most notable name held out, but the team's top three tight ends were also sidelined -- rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) and Brandon Myers (calf) watched and Luke Stocker was not seen in attendance. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith, guard Logan Mankins and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald were also held out....

  7. Fourth try: Bucs release returner Marcus Thigpen

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    The revolving door at return specialist continues to spin for the Bucs, who released Marcus Thigpen on Tuesday after he muffed a punt return for the second week in a row in Sunday's loss at Chicago.

    Thigpen, who had handled punts and kickoffs for the past four games, had a 53-yard punt return against the Falcons, the team's longest since 2009, but muffed a punt that was recovered by the Redskins last week, then recovered his own muff on a kick Sunday. Of the 14 kickoffs he handled in four games, just one was brought out past the 21-yard line, and even that just to the 27....

  8. Amid injuries, Bucs add tight ends Brate, Williams

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    With injuries to all three tight ends in Sunday's loss at Chicago, the Bucs have made a flurry of moves at the position, promoting rookie Cameron Brate from the practice squad, signing former Packers and Patriots tight end D.J. Williams and adding Evan Rodriguez and Taylor Sloat to the practice squad.

    Rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins said his back, which tightened up Sunday, limiting him to 20 snaps, is already improving, and Brandon Myers said the calf injury that limited him to 17 plays is feeling better as well. Myers was no longer wearing a walking boot Tuesday in the locker room....

  9. Bucs fullback Jorvorskie Lane breaks leg, out for year

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    TAMPA — Bucs FB Jorvorskie Lane, carted off the field early in Sunday's loss at Chicago, broke a bone in his lower right leg and went on injured reserve Monday, ending his season.

    Lane, who will have surgery today according to his manager, Mike Brand, is the only fullback on the roster. TE Luke Stocker filled in as a blocking back for much of Sunday's game, but all three Bucs tight ends were injured at different points Sunday, so the team likely will need to bring in a player this week....

    Bucs fullback Jorvorskie Lane goes on injured reserve, with surgery scheduled for a broken bone in his lower right leg.
  10. Notes: Smith not pleased with Thigpen, return game

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    After return specialist Marcus Thigpen muffed a punt return for the second week in a row -- recovering the loose ball himself this time -- Lovie Smith stopped short of saying he would continue as the team's returner.

    "It's been a quick turnaround. Each week we analyze what gives us the best opportunity to win," Smith said. "We haven't been pleased ... I think three games now we've put balls on the ground. It's not a good thing. We haven't been able to get much production from our punting return game or our kickoff return game and we need to do that."...

  11. Fullback Jorvorskie Lane done for season with broken leg

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    Bucs fullback Jorvorskie Lane, carted off the field early in Sunday's loss at Chicago, broke a bone in his lower right leg and is done for the season, his manager Mike Brand said Monday afternoon.

    Lane, who will undergo surgery Tuesday, is the only fullback on the Bucs' roster. Tight end Luke Stocker filled in as a blocking back for much of Sunday's game, but all three Bucs tight ends went down with injuries at different points Sunday, so the team is likely needing to bring in another player this week....

    Jorvorskie Lane, who will undergo surgery Tuesday, is the only fullback on the Bucs' roster. [AP photo]
  12. Even on short fields, Bucs defense needed to make stops

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    CHICAGO -- The Bucs defense could point to the length of the Bears' three touchdown drives -- just 47, 13 and 15 yards -- but Sunday's 21-13 loss was a reminder that they need to respond no matter where the opposing offense gets the ball.

    "Like our coach said: Those three touchdowns, if we would have made them kick field goals all three times, it's 10-9. That's something we've got to fix," cornerback Alterraun Verner said. "I think everything's showing improvement. It's not enough to get improvement. You want to get wins."...

    Matt Forte scores on a 13-yard run in the third quarter.
  13. With Evans covered, Bucs' Jackson, Murphy took over

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    CHICAGO -- For weeks, rookie Mike Evans has thrived as the Bucs' go-to receiver, and as the Bears made it a priority to limit him Sunday, Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy took advantage of the opportunity.

    "All you want to do is stay ready. I can only do so much as a receiver. You just try to do your job, stay available and help your quarterback," said Jackson, who had five catches for 117 yards, his first 100-yard game in six games....

    Louis Murphy had totaled just 36 yards in the previous four games before finishing with six catches for 113 yards Sunday, his first 100-yard game with the Bucs.
  14. After 3 sacks early, Bucs' pass rush disappeared

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    CHICAGO -- It looked like a promising day for the Bucs defensive line early on, with three sacks on one drive in the first quarter, the last with Gerald McCoy forcing a Jay Cutler fumble recovered in Bears territory.

    Then the rest of the day: 42 more plays for the Bears, but zero sacks and only one play were the Bucs dropped anyone for a loss.

    "They weren't favorable conditions," coach Lovie Smith of the dropoff in the pass rush. "I felt, for the most part, the guys kept rushing throughout most of the day. (Chicago) got in a situation where they didn't have to put themselves in a tough passing situation."...

    Gerald McCoy sacks Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during the first half.
  15. Despite RB depth, Bucs' run game limited to 66 yards

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    CHICAGO -- Given their top three running backs together for the first time this season, the Bucs steadily rotated starter Doug Martin and rookie Charles Sims, with Bobby Rainey here and there, but the net result was only 66 rushing yards in a 21-13 loss to the Bears.

    "We have a crowded backfield and every guy brings something to the table," Martin said after rushing for 27 yards on 11 carries in his first game after missing three with an ankle injury. "That's how we're going to do it."...

    Bucs coach Lovie Smith said there wasn't a set rotation for the backs, even though Doug Martin, pictured, and Charles Sims alternated on the first five series of the game.