Price Out; Injuries SpreadingOctober 22nd, 2010
Yeah, Joe heard the bad news delivered by Raheem Morris at his afternoon news conference.
Joe was depressed and turned to ice cold pints before hitting his laptop.
Brian Price is going to be out for a while. The St. Pete Times reported Price has some sort of hip inflammation that tossed a curveball at Bucs doctors. The Bucs are going to see how he responds with some extended time off. It could be several weeks, per the Times.
As Joe wrote the other day, pull up your pants, Ryan Sims.
Surely, Gerald McCoy will get nearly every defensive snap, as usual. And Sims and Roy Miller will split it up at nosetackle. Look for Michael Bennett, who played his share inside in preseason, to get a handful of reps there. Joe suspects Kyle Moore, whose return is expected, will stay primarily at his left end spot.
Now losing Price is no massive loss, per se, because the defensive line as a whole has not had success. Price is a lot better than Sims. And since this season sadly is not about winning a Super Bowl, then losing one of the young guys the Bucs need to develop and evaluate is troubling.
Earnest Graham didn’t practice Friday because of a bad hamstring. Morris talked about how Kregg Lumpkin has been cross-training at fullback and Erik Lorig is emerging as more than an emergency fullback. But there was not a peep about Chris Pressley, the guy who came into the season as the No. 2 fullback. We know he can’t run the ball, but now he can’t block, either? Joe sincerely hopes Graham can find a way Sunday.
Old man LG Keydrick Vincent also has missed practice time this week, and Raheem calmly chatted about how rookie Ted Larsen would the his replacement, if necessary. No word whether Raheem was wetting himself behind the podium. …. Larsen was a college center who has been learning his way at left guard since the Patriots drafted him.
The thought of losing Vincent and Graham is enough to send Joe to the liquor cabinet.