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....
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....
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 ......
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....
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."...
With kick returner Solomon Patton.
1. You made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. What was your first "I've arrived" moment in the NFL?
"I'd definitely say the last preseason game, when I scored that touchdown. I actually got a chance to make a big-time play. It finally hit me: 'This is real.' "
2. You guys were in your hotel rooms late before your game Sunday when the Gators pulled out that triple-overtime win against Kentucky. Did you get to watch?...
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, attempting to play despite a broken left hand, was upgraded to "limited participation" on Wednesday and is officially listed as "questionable" for Thursday night's game in Atlanta, as are RB Doug Martin and DE Michael Johnson.
Only two of the injured Bucs players are ruled out against the Falcons -- MLB Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams, and rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, out since the opener with an ankle injury. Martin (knee) and Johnson (ankle) missed last week's game but were held out with the hopes of playing in Atlanta....
TAMPA — He is that rare NFL quarterbacks coach younger than his starting quarterback, thrust into an even larger role and asked to call offensive plays in the Bucs' first two games.
And as the Bucs seek their first win and an offensive identity, they do it with Marcus Arroyo, 34, stepping in as offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford recovers from a heart procedure that has limited him the past three weeks....
Arkansas State didn't complete the pass and ended up losing at Miami, but a creative fake punt — wonderfully named "The Fainting Goat" — has gone viral in the days since a Red Wolves player faked a collapse to distract his opponent.
"The Fainting Goat has taken over the conversation," first-year coach Blake Anderson said Tuesday by phone. "The fact that it didn't work has had very little conversation."...
TAMPA — The Bucs defense will play Thursday in Atlanta without starting middle LB Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Will DT Gerald McCoy be joining him on the sidelines?
The Bucs have a short week to prepare for the Falcons, with little time to mend a long list of injuries.
Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that McCoy, Foster and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday....
TAMPA -- The Bucs defense will play Thursday in Atlanta without starting middle linebacker Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Will defensive tackle Gerald McCoy be joining him on the sidelines?
The Bucs have a short week to prepare for the Falcons, with little time to mend a long list of injuries. Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that McCoy, Foster and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday....
With a short week to prepare for Thursday night's game at Atlanta, Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Monday that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Mason Foster and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday.
Even without a practice, the Bucs and Falcons must submit estimations of practice status -- while those three key players would not have, it's encouraging that defensive end Michael Johnson and running back Doug Martin, held out of Sunday's loss to the Rams with injuries, would have. McCoy was in for only eight plays before he broke his left hand, and Foster didn't finish the game after suffering a shoulder injury. Seferian-Jenkins missed Sunday's game after suffering an ankle injury in the season opener....
Perhaps the single Bucs play call questioned most by fans in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Rams came in on the final play of the third quarter, when Tampa Bay faced a third-and-7 play at the Rams' 9-yard line and opted to hand off to Bobby Rainey, who gained just 3 yards.
The next play saw Patrick Murray's short field goal blocked by the Rams, but frustrated fans saw the decision to run Rainey as a sign of coaches lacking confidence in QB Josh McCown, who had a costly interception from the 9-yard line to end an earlier drive. On the eight red-zone plays the Bucs had after McCown's interception, they did not attempt one pass, including two in the fourth quarter to set up another field goal....
For the second week in a row, the Bucs had QBs coach Marcus Arroyo calling offensive plays, with coordinator Jeff Tedford limited to an advisory role as he recovers from a heart procedure three weeks ago. Tedford missed three days of practice this week while being evaluated to be fully cleared to return.
— Despite the excitement of Derrick Brooks' induction into the team's Ring of Honor — with free bobbleheads to all ticket-holders — the Bucs had an announced attendance of just 59,923, down about 2,300 from last week's announced crowd of 62,242. Sunday's crowd would have ranked fifth out of the eight Bucs home games in 2013....
TAMPA -- Bobby Rainey came up huge stepping in for an injured Doug Martin on Sunday, rushing for 144 yards and adding another 30 on passes, but that was all lost in the final score of a 19-17 loss to the Rams.
"That doesn't matter when we lose," Rainey said. "You can have all the yards that you want, and if your team comes out with a loss, it means nothing. At the end of the day, it's about the team."...