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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Attrition Problematic For Young Buccaneers

If there is one thing a young team needs it's NFL game experience; to get it, you have to play, not just practice. For the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers injuries are starting to be a significant concern.  Not only do injuries keep important players off the field, possibly impacting the ability of the team to win, they could impact the overall growth of the experience pool on the team.

The Primary case in point is Kareem Huggins, who is lost for the year to Injured Reserve.  No more game experience for him after he just started getting some game action.

Also this weekend, Brian Price will watch instead of get reps on defense under game conditions.  Price has a pelvis bone injury and is week-to-week at this point, but definitely out for the Rams game on Sunday.

Mike Williams has lost only practice time (thank goodness) due to a foot injury, while Elbert Mack will miss his second game at nickel due to a problem with his heel.

All these players are part of the foundation the Buccaneers will need to have stand up and play over the next several seasons.  To prepare for that they need to play.

The Buccaneers training and strength staff got the team through the offseason without major injuries and into the regular season in great health.  In fact, after the bye week (Week 4), the injury report was clean.  Hopefully the young players can continue to stay healthy and continue their development.

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