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Bucs promote rookie in case Dietrich-Smith can't go

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Tackle Garrett Gilkey #72 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Tackle Garrett Gilkey #72 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Published Nov. 30, 2014

TAMPA — With Bucs starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith held out of practice all week with flu symptoms, the team promoted undrafted rookie Josh Allen from the practice squad Saturday to the 53-man roster and waived cornerback C.J. Wilson.

If Dietrich-Smith cannot play today against the Bengals, backup Garrett Gilkey likely will start in his place. Tampa Bay had to promote Allen to have a second offensive lineman who can handle snaps if Dietrich-Smith isn't active. Allen, who is out of Louisiana-Monroe, was with the team from May until the final preseason cuts, then was brought back to the practice squad Sept. 25.

It's not necessarily a good week to have uncertainty at center. The Bengals have one of the league's best defensive tackles in Geno Atkins, who had 12½ sacks in 2012 but has been limited to 1½ this season.

SON OF EX-SILVER AND BLACK GREAT JOINS RAIDERS: Oakland promoted running back George Atkinson III from its practice squad and placed cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) on injured reserve. Atkinson is the son of former hard-hitting Oakland defensive back George Atkinson Jr. The father is most noted for his forearm hit to the head of an unsuspecting Lynn Swann in a 1976 regular-season game, even though the ball was not thrown in the direction of the Steelers receiver. The hit gave Swann a concussion. Atkinson also had hit Swann in a similar manner in the previous season's AFC title game, which also gave Swann a concussion. After the second incident, Steelers coach Chuck Noll referred to Atkinson as part of the "criminal element" in football. Atkinson subsequently filed a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Noll and the Steelers, which Atkinson lost.

FOLES BACK IN 2-4 WEEKS? A follow-up CT scan on the injured left collarbone of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles revealed it's healing normally. He should be cleared to return in 2-4 weeks, the Philadelphia Daily News. If replacement Mark Sanchez continues to perform well, speculation is Foles might not get his starting job back.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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