Depressing Injury Report

September 12th, 2014

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It is not even the second week of the season and the injuries are mounting for starters at key positions. Joe is nervous.

The Bucs released their final injury report of the week. Joe is confident this will have Bucs fans reaching for the nearest bottle of adult beverage, or run to the nearest watering hole wherever they are.

Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune has the details.

So the Bucs’ starting defensive ends very well could be two guys they cut the past two weeks, Scott Solomon and Larry English. This is not good at all, but whoever starts couldn’t do any worse than Michael Johnson and Adrian Clayborn. They got about as much pressure on Stinking Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson as Joe did sitting in the press box.

Man oh man oh man. Just what do the Bucs have to do to get an edge rush. Geez. Do Bucs fans have to start sacrificing roosters or something?

69 Responses to “Depressing Injury Report”

  1. Jim Says:

    So much for cutting down on hitting in the off-season. Seems like there are more injuries now. Players need to get in ‘football shape’ and the only way to do that is hit a bit more in practice.

  2. robert9 Says:

    only one person missing from that report that would be a HUGE positive for us going into this game.

    do i need to say it?

    ankle, ankle, ankle….someone needs to talk to the tape/cleat man!

  3. AnotherJ Says:

    Depressing Dept is more like it…

  4. D-Rome Says:

    Geez. Do Bucs fans have to start sacrificing roosters or something?

    Well, there are plenty in Ybor City…

  5. nate Says:

    Im going to this game and I dont think its going to be fun which makes me sad…

  6. Mando Playr Says:

    Regarding all the injuries, albeit without all of last year’s MERS situation, Lovie will soon know how Greg Schiano felt last year. Not so much fun.

  7. DB55 Says:

    Did gholston practice is he hurt? Crazy thought but do you slide McCoy over to de w mcd n spence in the middle. Jeez, what am I smoking?

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Next Man Up!

    Dominate the Rams!

  9. Harry Says:

    @robert9 Says:
    “…only one person missing from that report that would be a HUGE positive for us going into this game…. do i need to say it?”

    The Cannon? LOL, sorry, couldn’t help myself…

  10. Evan Says:

    Exactly how many roosters do I have to kill for an edge rusher?!


  11. Harry Says:

    You know, things are pretty bad when just before the 2nd game of the season you are thinking (“glass is half full”) about who we can draft with what will be a top pick, if not #1. Thats bad.

  12. Tom Edrington Says:

    If you think it’s bad now, waiting until around week 10 when their bodies have REALLY been pounded….

  13. Nick2 Says:

    I can wish on my lucky rabbits foot? It worked to finally get Raheem fired 🙂

  14. tickrdr Says:

    Harry, I may be wrong, but I think he meant McCown.


  15. bigsombrero Says:

    I swear to God I will sacrifice roosters if that was all it took.

  16. buctebow Says:

    The Bucs will win anway, no worries.

  17. INDYbucsfan Says:

    I’m actually not concerned. Like you said joe they didn’t get any pressure anyways. Bring in the back ups and maybe one of them will shine. Which would be huuuuge.

  18. Buddhaboy Says:

    wow, good thing we went out and got cousins and resigned meredith. we didnt need to get any depth at the DE position. Good god.

  19. holymoly Says:

    Clayborn out for the year…. again !

  20. Barry Says:

    Next man up..

    haha, just kidding

  21. Kysteve Says:

    I have several roosters……don’t think my wife would like me to donate them though.

    It’s tough being a BUCS FAN and always has been.

    Maybe Captain Fear and the Cheerleaders can take a turn on the line??

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. KSV Says:

    I’m not into sacrificing roosters….but I will eat more than my fair share of spicy buffalo wings this Sunday and hope it has the same result! GO BUCS!

  23. Nick2 Says:

    On the bright side Gholston is back. He may be the answer!!!!!

  24. BucGator Says:

    I’m so sad right now.

  25. Kevin#1 Says:

    All the hype and optimism I had in my pre-season bucs balloon is quickly deflating. Injuries, Tedford, piss poor opening day performance. Why does this always happen to us? We can never just go into the season and play all out smash mouth football. IT’s like our players ar sunder a curse for the first three quarters every year and every game. Then in the fourth quarter they come too and realize they are playing in the NFL. I hope this isn’t the case Sunday. I’m tired of it. I think Gruden put Voodoo on this organization when they let him go. Him and Brooks must have had some kind of black magic ceremony. Someone needs to talk to those guys and ask how to break the curse. Either that or the stadium is built on some ancient indian burial ground. Something I don’t know but this sucks. Glad fantasy football at least gives me something to cheer for every weekend.

  26. nate Says:

    There is no answer were just not that good or deep,, the only way it do draft well and dominick set us back 3years… u cant miss on 1st or 2nd round talent ever! Unless u have a top 5 qb that will makeup for all the crap on ur team..

  27. DB55 Says:

    @ nick2

    If gholston is in we are good. Actually better than good. Who will start on the other side?

  28. WalkdaPlank Says:

    I’d be surprised if GMC actually WANTED to come back next year, regardless of contract talks. Why play for the sackless, no pressure, no pass defense Buccaneers when he could go play on a team like the Texans or Rams or Dolphins with a guaranteed tremendous edge rush?

    He’s getting no help from this line, and that is the depressing part.

  29. Picaroon45 Says:

    It seems ironic that after writing a piece about Jenkins IR is “Addition by Subtraction” to lament over an unproven CB being ruled out and continual blogs concerning Johnson not being productive, that Joe is “depressed” about the injury report. ASJ’s injury status is of concern, but if holding him out Sunday against the Rams means that he is effective Thursday against the Falcons, I’m for it. When you look at players like Dotson and Rainey that started from nothing, I’m glad players without big contracts or draft status have an opportunity to show what they can do.

  30. jr Says:

    I knew johnson was a bad signing. I guess we will bring back the prototype. .. Clayborn should be cut. Bowers and gholston here’s your chance.

  31. louden Says:

    1) it fíng depressing to witness how this site is actually censoring. Freedom of speech? (and no, it wasn´t about way off topic stuff and long texting – just simple samples to show how the NFL works….

    2) the 2nd string O-Coordinator even admitted the (obvious dump) strategy the bucs had against the Carolina: to run the ball against one of the best front 7´s in the NFL with a so-so Oline; despite the obvious weaker secondary of their Defense(!)

    3) Cousins still on roster?


    why are the bucs trying/failing to get “an identity” espicially on offense?

    How about simply trying to beat the other teams defenses with mismatches; trying to attack the weaknesses?


    WTHeck; did i miss anything??? whats up, what have they smoked?

  32. BirdDoggers Says:

    The Bucs should still win this game. The back up defensive ends might actually be an improvement.

  33. Jon Says:

    Well, since many posters on here feel Dominik was a bust due to drafting or signing injury phone players…introducing Jason licht! New bust champion! I ask you, name one really good offseason move. Evans? You sure? Verner injured once already? Mankins hurt? Mcclown? Sims injured? ASJ. Injured, oline a mess! Go ahead take a shot

  34. louden Says:

    cut cousins; Means in… at least he got a sack in pre.season; or try out anyone else – whats up?
    Not trying to actually improve the team?

  35. SteveK Says:


    Good point. Of the Licht moves you’ve mentioned, how many were predicated by the incompetency of Dominick?

  36. Buccfan37 Says:

    Logically thinking, if the Bucs defeat the Rams it will be a huge surprise worthy of a fan riot and a parade. To me it does’nt look as likely after being a near sure thing a few days ago. Hurry up Sunday, I gotta get off this seesaw of emotions. A Bucs win would work wonders for Buc land.

  37. WalkdaPlank Says:


    As much as I disliked the Teflon Dom as a GM I do not blame injuries on him. I will be honest and say that I was glad that we snagged Bowers in the 2nd round at the time. The guy was projected to go NO.1 OVERALL before his injury. But that was a pre-existing injury, you don’t have control over what happens after you sign/draft players.

    GMC, Clayborn, Carl Nicks, etc. All of them were good at what they did before they got here and got injured. Luckily GMC came off fine.

    I have no problem with the Evans pick, without Mike Williams we needed a guy like Evans, who is a Vjax clone and was a stud at A&M. McCown is more of a Lovie guy IMO, but if you want to put him on Licht I won’t blame you.

    All the others are injuries, the GM cannot control that. Verner and Mankins, proven players that were needed to fill big holes here in Tampa. Sims and ASJ were due for big roles too.

    The biggest crime L&L are accused of right now is taking a wrecking ball to the O-line, outside of the Mankins trade.

  38. buc4lyfe Says:

    I’m actually optimistic. Everyone who thinks that lovie was in charge that’s good because maybe now Jason can go get the players he wants that fit what lovie wants to do, he’s clearly lacking in talent evaluation

    Michael Johnson IR
    Mike Jenkins IR/ why did he started over banks anyway
    Oneil cousins Benched for a guy new to the roster
    Verner rusty out all of season
    Charles Sims IR
    Josh McCown…….
    Our first two draft picks are our only visible upgrades so far

  39. bucsfan777 Says:

    Wow.. Hopefully Gholston and Bowers will come alive

  40. Brandon Says:

    Jim Says:

    September 12th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    So much for cutting down on hitting in the off-season. Seems like there are more injuries now. Players need to get in ‘football shape’ and the only way to do that is hit a bit more in practice.


    Obviously, you’re not a doctor. Hitting will keep players from tearing biceps and spraining ankles, etc…. yeah, in freaking fantasy land. Injuries happen, they have always happened, and they will continue to happen, even if we took every pea brain’s ridiculous advice.

  41. dabucs Says:

    Lavonte an cassilas run deffense will be put to the test this week.

  42. Soggy Says:

    I get a headache behind the eye trying to keep up with all the roster moves and injury reports, Wow Me thinks it is a rebuilding year or two.. Were is the asprin?

  43. Lee Encinosa Says:

    Players dropping like flies! Is it any wonder? They’re not even allowed to contact one another in practice according to the rules. The NFL has wussified the league due to all the over regulation. It’s done the opposite of what the regulations intended. Bring back two a days or should I say three a days. The hockey players need to teach the football players about toughness. They get hit in the face with a puck going a 100mph resulting in a broken nose and want to get right back on the ice. Football players pull hamstrings just walking. Wussies!

  44. Buc1987 Says:

    It’s the same ol’, same ol’ situation
    It’s the same ol’, same ol’ ball and chain
    Just like a punch in the teeth
    Or a swan dive to the street

    No, no, no
    No, no, no
    If it wasn’t for bad luck
    I’d have no luck at all —Motley Crue

  45. Kevin1 Says:

    One week in aaaannnnnnnddddddd……… Season over. Please let us get a qb with that 1st pick.

  46. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    You people freak out to easy. You must have things go wrong in your lives a lot to panic this quickly.

    Johnson and Jenkins are not long term injuries are they? English actually got a sack and performed well in the preseason. Did any of our other DEs?

    I was hoping Clayborn would have a good year, but this was to be his last chance, so time to move on.

    If we get a 1st pick next year (not gonna happen), Lovie will use it on a DE. So hoping for a QB in the next drraft is a waste of time.

    I would rather not give up after 1 of 16 games.

  47. Jon Says:

    @stevek. I don’t know? Mike Williams hasn’t been suspended. Joseph, zuttah, penn and Larsen all start. Mcclown vs glennon? How would that be Doms fault. He didn’t sign mcclown. Sims? We have Martin, James, Rainey etc.? Michael Johnson? How’s he better than what we had? Allen, peppers or ware I would understand. Not sure I see what you are saying.

  48. Kevin1 Says:

    Love the optimism but the writing is on the wall. Just have to read it without your rose colored glasses.

  49. Soggy Says:

    I drank the kool aid now I have Gas

  50. Jason Says:

    Bowers here’s your last opportunity to stay in the league….

  51. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs better freaking beat the freaking Rams at home or I’m going to freaking freak out. I’ll freaking destroy the closest freaking inanimate object bigger than a freaking breadbox.

  52. Buc1987 Says:

    37…I wouldn’t hold your breathe this Sunday.

  53. bucsfan777 Says:

    The Rams front 7 without Chris Long are for sure not as good as the Panthers front 7, so we should be able to score or else I’ll freak out too

  54. Incognito Says:

    Unreal so is it gonna be Ghoulston and bowers starting? Can’t be any worse. We’re going to have to throw it if were gonna have a chance. As much as lovie thinks were the 1970s stealers you can’t be a running team with a crappy line.

  55. BucsFanSince89 Says:

    What if this was the football gods blessing us and we actually get a defense out of this mess with the substitutions? What if? What if? The sad part is that I’m a season ticket holder and have to deal with going and watching another season of other teams fans just walking away with a smile! Is just one game we say! Yes we said the same thing last year, and the year before….Can we catch a break?

  56. Incognito Says:

    I liked Clayborn was hoping he’d turn it around but I fear his time has passed. Hate to beat a dead horse but they were brain dead when they let Bennett go. Even Lovie is not that inept.

  57. Broy3434 Says:

    Bucsfansince89 is was thinking the same thing. I’m looking forward to
    Gholston at LE and Means/English at RE. Don’t be surprised if they get pressure

  58. Broy3434 Says:

    And yes Bonzai Jenkins is done for the year

  59. Andrew 1 Says:

    I see Gholston is not on the our for Sunday’s game list. Hopefully he can get some meaningful playing time under his belt, that always helps the younger guys. I think he has a real chance at locking down that end position eventually.

    And thank you tickrdr for the information earlier.

  60. buc4lyfe Says:

    Obviously a year on the couch wasn’t long enough to sit and formulate a plan lovie. Why is it your o line and d line always suck with the exception of one star or tw with a bunch of average players

  61. Suq Maddiq Says:

    Got my rooster axe ready lets all go to ybor!

  62. Owlykat Says:

    Gholston should have started at LDE. He can handle the job. Means is not good enough, but I want to see what English can do. Bowers, when healthy, is a good backup for GMC. If our Safeties don’t have good games this week, I am for starting Major Wright and Tandy against the Falcons. However, every defensive coordinator we face is going to figure out how to exploit Foster until Lovie puts Lansanah in there! On Offense if our Shrimps keep getting a yard a carry, missing blocks, and getting stripped of the ball, we need to start using our battering ram FB wear down the Rams Defense. He can make yards on his own. Go with double TEs to keep Josh from being harassed. Put Patton in there as a deep threat. Tedford is well enough to sit in a booth and call plays!

  63. Andrew 1 Says:

    Also I don’t know what this fascination with Means is all about. He is not even good enough to be a backup player. Yes Lovie said he was a “prototype” but I think he meant that in terms of the way he looks, not plays. He unfortunately stinks.

  64. NorCalBucsFan Says:

    Just wondering…why did we end up with so many injuries from the Panthers game and only DeAngelo Williams got nicked up from their side?
    Is player conditioning an issue??

    Anyhow – go Bucs vs Rams!!

  65. Dirk Disco Says:

    I live in Key West and I would relish the chance to sacrifice some of these loud messy wild chickens on this rock.

  66. Embarrassed Says:


  67. BucIt941 Says:

    My biggest hope is that we don’t embarrass ourselves during Derrick Brooks Ring of honor game. This game has a lot of eyes on it because of this ceremony. They owe it to the legends in attendance to put on their very best effort. I am not as much worried about the injuries just yet (out side of ASJ) Johnson was Garbage and i am excited to see what Gholston can bring to the table as a starter. Clayborn going down and replaced wit Bowers, well let’s just say I am “MEH” about it. Don’t know why Jenkins was starting over Banks anyways so happy to see Banks back in the starting line up. Also having Mankins back is a nice boost for the offense.

  68. Joe Says:

    Just wondering…why did we end up with so many injuries from the Panthers game and only DeAngelo Williams got nicked up from their side?
    Is player conditioning an issue??

    Carolina just beat up the Bucs. As Lovie is fond of saying, “Simple as that.”

  69. Drew Says: