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Bucs journal: Adarius Glanton's experience could come in handy for ailing LB corps

Lavonte David sustained an ankle injury late in the Bucs' loss to the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Lavonte David sustained an ankle injury late in the Bucs' loss to the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Published Dec. 15, 2017

TAMPA — The Bucs' linebacker depth was tested during the first five weeks of the season, when Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander missed a combined six games with injuries.

And now, as David is again sidelined by a hamstring injury, the experience gained by backup Adarius Glanton could come in handy Monday night against the Falcons.

"I think our linebacker depth is good," coach Dirk Koetter said Friday after David missed a second straight practice. "Whether it be Kendell Beckwith, Adarius Glanton (or) Devante Bond, all of those guys have played well when they've been in there."

Glanton played every snap against the Giants and Patriots when David was sidelined, and he was lined up next to Alexander in practice Friday. With starters healthy, Glanton has played only six defensive snaps in the past eight games, but he stepped up with 20 tackles in a three-game span when pressed into a starting role.

All clear

S T.J. Ward was cleared from concussion protocol Friday morning, allowing him to play Monday night after missing the past two games. The Bucs have had as many as three players battling concussions in recent weeks.

"As of today, we have zero players in concussion protocol, for the first time in a while," Koetter said.

Monday night novice

Monday will mark Jameis Winston's second appearance on Monday Night Football; he led the Bucs to a 17-14 win at Carolina last season. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has played 10 games on Monday night, and Winston said he'll appreciate the larger audience but try to otherwise prepare the same.

"You're the only game on TV," he said. "We have to approach the game just like it's another game. Another game, another chance to get a win against a great division opponent."

Big debut

It has been a low-key three months for Riley Bullough on the practice squad since a high-profile preseason that saw the undrafted rookie emerge as a fan favorite as HBO's Hard Knocks chronicled the Bucs.

With David's injury, Bullough was promoted to the active roster this week and is likely to make his NFL debut Monday against the Falcons on special teams.

"Since the beginning of this year, I've tried to come in every day and do my part, do my best job on the scout team," Bullough said. "For them to recognize that and boost me up means a lot. It feels like the hard work I put in has paid off."

This and that

Former Bucs greats Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn have been named as "Legends" captains for next month's Pro Bowl in Orlando. … C Joe Hawley (illness) and TE Cameron Brate (hip) were upgraded to full participation in practice, while G J.R. Sweezy (shin) was upgraded to limited participation. … With former Bucs coach Jon Gruden being inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during Monday's game, his sons, Deuce, Mike and Jayson, will be the game's honorary flag runners, leading the team out of the tunnel before the game. Gruden's wife, Cindy, will join her sons as the Bucs' honorary guests with the team captains at midfield for the coin toss.

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Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690.

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