By Kyra Hallett
On the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bye week, a few players need the rest to heal. The team as a whole, is not that beat up and the few injuries are not serious.
In Week Four, the Bucs faced the Washington Redskins. Cornerback, Eric Wright took a hard hit; a knee to the head, left the game in the third quarter and did not return. He was down on the field for awhile but once he was up, he took his time to the sidelines. Head coach Greg Schiano said Wright will be “very ready” for the Kansas City Chiefs game in Week Six.
Cornerback, E.J. Biggers took his spot in the game. That was Biggers first game all season. He has been out with a foot injury. The injured occurred on the first day of training camp as he was trying to break-up a play to Arrelious Benn. Benn was also injured but Biggers’ was more serious. In the game versus the Redskins, Biggers broke-up several plays and almost had an interception.
Another player that left in the Redskins’ game was linebacker Lavonte David. He missed a few plays with what looked to be a hand injury. They re-taped his hand and he returned to the game. He supposedly first injured his wrist in Week Two versus the New York Giants. He played through the pain in that game too. David has been a key player on defense, calling plays and has 33 tackles for the season.
Cornerback, Anthony Gaitor has had a hamstring injury since Week Two of preseason. It occurred in the game versus the Tennessee Titans. He was getting better and participating in practice but for two weeks straight he did not. Gaitor had some kind of set back but the team is not missing him too much. The Bucs are deep in defensive backs and most have been impressive.
Guard, Carl Nicks has had an injured toe since Week One versus the Carolina Panthers. His toe was jammed in the game but he has been playing through the pain. Nicks can really use the break, in hopes that the toe can start to heal.
So far this season, the Bucs have placed three players on injured reserve. Guard, Davin Joseph was the first to be placed on the IR. He injured his knee in the game versus the New England Patriots. Joseph tore the patellar tendon in his right knee and had surgery to repair the tendon. The next player on the IR was wide receiver Sammie Stroughter. He injured his foot in the game versus the Giants in Week Two. It was unclear if he needs surgery. The most recent player placed on IR was defensive end Adrian Clayborn. The injury happened when the team faced the Dallas Cowboys in Week Three. He torn a ligament in his knee and needs surgery to repair it.
The team has done a good job replacing these injures and the key is Schiano. He wants players that are well versed. He also doesn’t let one injury hold the team down. The Bucs will need to stay healthy for any shot at making the playoffs.
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Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.