Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

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  1. Bucs' Evans will miss 2-4 weeks with groin strain

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    TAMPA — The best game of Mike Evans' young NFL career may be his last for a few weeks.

    The Bucs' first-round pick, who had four catches for 65 yards, including his first career touchdown Sunday, will miss 2-4 weeks with a groin strain he suffered late in the third quarter, according to multiple reports Monday.

    Evans pulled up running a deep route in the third quarter of Sunday's 27-24 win over the Steelers. The pass resulted in an easy interception for CB Cortez Allen....

    Mike Evans has four catches and a TD against Troy Polamalu and the Steelers secondary until leaving with a groin injury.
  2. Bucs not ready to hand starting job to Glennon just yet

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    TAMPA — Quarterback Mike Glennon posted the first victory of the season for the Bucs on Sunday, but he hasn't won the starting quarterback job.

    Not yet, anyway.

    With Josh McCown still out with a ligament tear in his right thumb and his status unknown for Sunday's game at New Orleans, coach Lovie Smith was noncommittal in his choice of quarterbacks despite Glennon's last-second feats in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh....

    Mike Glennon threw for 302 yards for Tampa Bay in Sunday’s upset victory at Pittsburgh including all 46 of the team’s yards on the winning drive in the final 40 seconds.
  3. Glennon won game not starting QB job -- for now

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    Quarterback Mike Glennon posted the first victory of the season for the Bucs Sunday, but he hasn't won the starting quarterback job.

    Not yet, anyway.

    With Josh McCown still out with a ligament tear in his right thumb and his status unknown for Sunday's game at New Orleans, coach Lovie Smith was non-committal in his choice of quarterbacks despite Glennon's last-second heroics in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh....

    Lovie Smith was non-committal in his choice of quarterbacks despite Mike Glennon's last-second heroics in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh.
  4. Bucs' 27-24 win over Steelers ignited by Glennon, Murphy

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    PITTSBURGH – A week ago, quarterback Mike Glennon got a text message from exiled receiver Louis Murphy, who was released by the Bucs a day before the regular season opener against Carolina. The exchange didn’t last very long....

  5. Bucs shock Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH — A week ago, quarterback Mike Glennon got a text message from exiled receiver Louis Murphy, who was released by the Bucs a day before the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against Carolina. The exchange didn't last very long.

    "I asked him what he was up to, and he didn't mention the Bucs," Glennon said.

    That's odd because Murphy always talks about the Bucs. The former Florida Gator and Lakewood High star grew up rooting for his hometown team. ...

    Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) watches Vincent Jackson catch the winning 5-yard touchdown with seven seconds left despite cornerback William Gay’s effort.
  6. Lovie Smith's Bucs plans have gone awry

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    Bucs coach Lovie Smith could spend another year in the basement. But this time, it's the cellar of the NFC South — not in self-exile at his home in Illinois, where he took 2013 off to formulate his plans for a return to an NFL sideline.

    Smith's team is 0-3, having allowed the second-most points in club history on Sept. 18 in a 56-14 loss to the Falcons. Turns out, many analysts might have been wrong about the Bucs this season....

    “What you have to do is weather the storm. And that’s why we’re encouraged because of what’s going on behind the scenes.” — Bucs coach Lovie Smith
  7. Bucs try to move on after loss of Jeff Tedford

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    TAMPA — It's hard to know if Jeff Tedford would have been a mad scientist experimenting with exotic receiver combinations or a breakneck, no-huddle, up-tempo attack. But losing the Bucs offensive coordinator for the season is not a formula for winning.

    Tedford, 52, was placed on an indefinite medical leave of absence Wednesday. He had coronary last month and two stents placed in an artery near his heart. Turns out, he never called a play in the regular season....

    Marcus Arroyo rushes Josh McCown during a minicamp, when he was the quarterbacks coach. Now he’s calling the plays.
  8. Doug Martin says he's ready to return to Bucs

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    TAMPA — The Bucs' banged-up roster will get a boost this week.

    RB Doug Martin said Thursday that his injured knee is 100 percent and he expects to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. "Knee's coming along just fine," Martin said.

    Martin rushed for 1,454 yards in 2012 and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. But injuries limited him to 127 yards in six games last year before he landed on IR. He started the opener against Carolina and had 9 yards on nine carries before exiting with a left knee injury....

    Doug Martin started the Bucs' season opener against Carolina and had nine yards on nine carries before exiting with a left knee injury. [WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Times]
  9. McCown: 'toughest three weeks of my career'

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    At 35, Josh McCown knows the time is running out of his hourglass to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Having climbed back to that position for the first time in a decade, he suffered a crushing setback when he tore a ligament in his right thumb during the first half of the Bucs' 56-14 loss at Atlanta Thursday night.

    Even worse, the Bucs are 0-3, McCown has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions and the team is preparing to play second-year pro Mike Glennon agaisnt the Steelers Sunday....

  10. Bucs turn to quarterback Mike Glennon

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    TAMPA

    He is not taking over the Greatest Show on Turf. But the Bucs offense has, at times, featured football jugglers and a McCown carload of turnovers so zany that all that's missing from the 0-3 start is a calliope.

    Clearly, it's time for quarterback Mike Glennon to step back into the spotlight and steal the show.

    "He got thrown into a circus already," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "So he had to take over the circus. He's like the (ring)master. So he's been through this. The circus is just having its annual trip. We've got to make sure the circus stops."...

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  11. Smith says 'good chance,' Glennon will start at QB vs Steelers

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    Even notoriously vague coach Lovie Smith couldn't disguise the Bucs' intentions to start quarterback Mike Glennon against the Steelers Sunday.

    Veteran Josh McCown has a torn ligament in his right thumb and has not practiced since suffering the injury in Thursday night's 56-14 loss at Atlanta.

    Glennon took over as the starting quarterback at the same juncture last season, with the Bucs 0-3 and Josh Freeman having been released....

    Mike Glennon went 4-9 as a starter last season while throwing 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
  12. McCoy says Bucs must own 'pathetic,' performance last week

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    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy knows what it's like to be winless after three games. It's happened two years in a row.

    But he had never experienced a blowout like the 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursdsay night. He says the team needs to feel embarrassed by it.

    "I had somebody close to me, and only somebody close to me I would allow them to tell me this, but they said 'Thursday was pathetic,'' McCoy said. "And I believe that. It's kind of bad it comes from the outside. We have to feel that in the building that our last performance, our last performance, was pathetic. It's very embarrassing and that's not us at all. Coach hasn't coached us to be that way. And if nobody else will say it, I will say it. It's was embarrassing and we've got to be better.''...

    Gerald McCoy says the Bucs need to feel embarrassed by their 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
  13. Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford on indefinite leave

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    TAMPA — This was the week the Bucs believed ailing offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford would finally call plays. But now they have no clue whether he will be well enough to return this season.

    Tedford, 52, is taking an indefinite leave of absence to recover from a surgical procedure on his heart, the team announced Tuesday.

    Tedford, the former California coach hand-picked by Lovie Smith to lead the offense, underwent a coronary angioplasty to have two stents placed in an artery near his heart last month. He has only worked part-time since the procedure and been an "extra pair of eyes" on game day. Tedford did not attend the Bucs' 56-14 loss Thursday night at Atlanta but was supposed to return to full-time duty Monday....

    Jeff Tedford, who had a heart procedure last month, was supposed to return full time.
  14. Ailing Bucs offensive coordinator Tedford to take medical leave

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    It may be awhile before the Bucs know what their offense would look like under Jeff Tedford.

    The 52-year-old former California head coach, hand-picked by Bucs coach Lovie Smith to be the team's offensive coordinator, is taking an indefinite leave of absence to recover from a surgical procedure on his heart.

    The Bucs confirmed the move with a brief release late Tuesday afternoon. "The Buccaneers coaching staff will continue to work collectively to fulfill his responsibilities," the release said....

    Jeff Tedford taking an indefinite leave of absence to recover from a surgical procedure on his heart.
  15. 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.