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Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer

Stephen F. Holder

Stephen Holder covered the Bucs and NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 2005 after working since his sophomore year in college at his hometown paper — the Miami Herald — for which he wrote his first published article. While that "story" certainly wasn't award-winning, thankfully editors there eventually trusted him to cover the biggest events in sports, including BCS bowl games, Super Bowls and NBA championships, until he left for the Times nearly 10 years later. He left the Times for the Indianapolis Star in 2013.

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  1. Bucs' Martin passes concussion tests

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    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bucs RB Doug Martin's night got off to a bad start and got only worse. But he did escape a major injury.

    A missed block by Martin contributed to QB Josh Freeman taking a sack on the Bucs' first offensive play in Friday's 25-21 preseason loss to the Patriots. Later, Martin, in pass protection again, went low on Patriots DE Chandler Jones, and one of Jones' knees struck the top of Martin's helmet. ...

    One tackle avoided: Mike James, battling to be the Bucs’ backup running back behind Doug Martin, gets past defensive end Michael Buchanan for a 15-yard gain during the second quarter.
  2. James, Hillis combine to power Bucs in running game

    Bucs

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — With no less than depth-chart status, and perhaps roster spots, on the line, maybe it's not surprising the Bucs got inspired efforts from their backup running backs in Friday's 25-21 preseason loss to the Patriots.

    Whatever the reason, the sight of Mike James and Peyton Hillis running wild against New England was comforting for Tampa Bay, especially in light of starter Doug Martin's head injury in the first quarter that was ruled not to be a concussion....

  3. 8 p.m.: Stephen F. Holder blogs from Bucs-Pats

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    Will Tom Brady play tonight against the Bucs? Will the Patriots show any animosity toward Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn, whose bull rush led to Brady's knee sprain during a joint practice on Wednesday? How will Clayborn look in his first appearance since tearing his right ACL in Week 3 of last season? How about guard Carl Nicks, who returns from a toe injury?

    Times beat reporter Stephen F. Holder will try to answer these questions and more as he blogs live from Gillette Stadium throughout tonight's preseason game between the Bucs and Pats. Join us, starting at 8 p.m....

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, left, greets Bucs running back Doug Martin as they sign autographs after a joint practice Wednesday in Foxborough, Mass.
  4. Patriots' Brady returns to practice against Bucs after injury

    Bucs

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — All was well with the world Thursday. The sun rose in the morning, and QB Tom Brady returned to practice in the afternoon.

    That was the biggest takeaway from the last of three days of joint practices between the Bucs and Patriots ahead of their preseason game tonight.

    Brady, the Patriots' three-time Super Bowl winner, got a scare Wednesday when his left tackle, Nate Solder, was pushed into his planted left leg by Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn. Brady fell to the turf and clutched his knee, though an MRI exam showed no damage. Brady was diagnosed with a sprain, but the mishap caused many hearts in New England to skip a beat or two....

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stretches his left leg a day after sustaining a sprained knee. He then takes every first-team snap.
  5. 5 things to watch in Bucs-Patriots game

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    Carl Nicks' debut

    The 6-foot-5, 349-pound left guard signed a $47 million contract in 2012, but a toe injury ended his season after just seven games.

    Friday, Nicks returns, and we'll begin to get an idea if he can return to his All-Pro level of 2011 despite the pain he says he must play through.

    Another issue for Nicks is conditioning. Because he has practiced on a limited basis, he hasn't played extensively at full speed....

    Because he has practiced on a limited basis, Carl Nicks, right, hasn't played extensively at full speed.
  6. Tom Brady returns, Greg Schiano and Bucs relieved

    Blog

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- All is well with the world. The sun rose today, and Tom Brady returned to practice.

    That was the biggest takeaway from the final day of three days of joint practices between the Bucs and Patriots ahead of their exhibition game Friday night.

    Brady survived a scare on Wednesday when his left tackle, Nate Solder, was pushed into Brady’s planted left leg by Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Brady fell to the turf in pain and clutched his knee, though an MRI exam conducted later showed no damage....

    Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Tim Tebow (5) stretch out during Thursday's joint practice in Foxborough, Mass.
  7. Brady hurts knee during practice with Bucs

    Bucs

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The objective behind the Bucs' visit with the Patriots this week was continued improvement, something that would be achieved by three days of practices against one another.

    But when one of the game's greatest players, quarterback Tom Brady, fell to the turf Wednesday and clutched his left knee, the Patriots wondered if that progress would be erased by a monumental setback....

    Tom Brady reportedly sustains a sprained left knee.
  8. Tom Brady goes down in Bucs-Patriots workout

    Blog

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left today’s joint practice with the Bucs with a left knee injury after offensive tackle Nate Solder was thrown into him by a Bucs defender.

    The Tampa Bay player, right defensive end Adrian Clayborn, was locked in a battle with Solder and pushed Solder as Brady released a thrown downfield. That’s when Solder fell into Brady’s planted left leg, the same one in which he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2008 and missed the entire regular season....

  9. Rutgers reunion between Bucs, Patriots

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    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With a combined 17 Rutgers products on the teams’ 90-man preseason rosters, the Bucs and Patriots could have fielded a pretty good team with those players alone.

    The unusual nature of the situation wasn’t lost on anyone, including Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who has not tried to hide his fondness for Bucs coach Greg Schiano’s former college players....

    Jeremy Zuttah, snapping the ball, is among a combined 17 Rutgers products on the Bucs' and Patriots' 90-man preseason rosters.
  10. Joint workout benefits Bucs and Patriots

    Bucs

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bucs coach Greg Schiano and Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to maximize this week's three joint practices.

    And if Tuesday's first workout was any indication, each should be quite happy with the results.

    After a spirited and highly competitive practice at the Gillette Stadium practice fields, there was no doubt the colleagues' plans went as intended....

    Patriots cornerback and former Buccaneer Aqib Talib blocks a pass intended for Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams during a joint practice in Foxborough, Mass.
  11. Highlights from Day 1 of Bucs-Patriots

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    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few of the day’s highlights with the Bucs and Patriots squaring off. . .

    *Bucs WR Mike Williams and Patriots CB Aqib Talib – formerly of the Bucs – had an ongoing duel. On the day’s first one-on-one rep, Talib batted down a ball intended for Williams. On their next matchup, Williams dusted Talib with a double move to the inside, catching a pass from QB Josh Freeman....

  12. Fighting to make Patriots' roster, LeGarrette Blount reunites with Bucs

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    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Bucs saw a familiar face when they arrived at Gillette Stadium for today’s workouts with the Patriots.

    Running back LeGarrette Blount, traded from the Bucs to the Patriots in April, was wearing New England blue and suiting up for the other guys.

    He finds himself in a battle to make the roster, but he made headway in that regard with a standout performance against the Eagles in the Patriots’ preseason opener. Blount finished with 101 yards on 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 51 and 1 yards....

  13. Bucs in Boston: Tampa Bay takes on New England in spirited practice

    Blog

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bucs coach Greg Schiano and Patriots coach Bill Belichick got exactly what they hoped for out of the first of three joint practices here in New England.

    After a spirited and highly competitive practice at the Gillette Stadium practice fields, the two colleagues could feel good that their plans went as intended.

    Tom Brady threw darts through the Bucs secondary. Josh Freeman rifled off passes while evading the likes of Vince Wilfork. Meanwhile, Mike Williams tangled with former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib....

    The Bucs and Patriots warm up before scrimmage during a joint practice today in Foxborough, Mass.
  14. Revis could play in Bucs' third preseason game

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    FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  --  Cornerback Darrelle Revis won't participate in drills against the Patriots in the Bucs' dual practices this week.

    But the All-Pro is progressing in rehab from his knee injury to the point the Bucs are considering letting him play in the team's third preseason game,  next week at Miami.

    General manager Mark Dominik said that option is on the table, but no final decision will be made immediately.

    Revis traveled to New England with the Bucs but is doing only individual drills and won't participate in any exercises against Patriots players.

    Revis has said he'd like to play in the preseason but the decision isn't ultimately his.

    The Bucs never ruled out playing Revis in the preseason but have maintained the primary goal was to prepare him for the regular season opener against the Jets....

    Darrelle Revis traveled to New England with the Bucs but is doing only individual drills and won't participate in any exercises against Patriots players.
  15. Carl Nicks, right, said he expects to return to the field Friday night at New England, his first action since October.