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Can the Bucs seize this opportunity?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What Drew Brees’ injury and Cam Newton’s lingering problems mean for the Bucs. Plus: A first look at the Lightning.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees watches from the sidelines after getting hurt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament near the thumb of his throwing hand that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation. Brees has elected to have surgery, but it is not yet clear when the operation will take place or who will perform it, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ | AP]
Published Sep. 17

New Orleans’ Drew Brees is out for six weeks after thumb surgery and Carolina’s Cam Newton doesn’t look healthy himself. Could this lead to a seismic shift in the NFC South and opportunity for the Bucs?

Plus:

* Tampa Bay Times’ Lightning beat writer Diana Nearhos on the Lightning as they host their first preseason game tonight, and just how they plan to move past last year’s disappointment.

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