Reporting Justin Pawlowski
The grind of training camp has hit One Buc place as the team is in the middle of their 2 week stretch.
While the Buccaneers have been able to avoid injuries to this point, one of their starting defensive lineman went down early in practice.
Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn left practice early on Wednesday due to a groin injury. He did not return to practice. Clayborn missed most of the 2012 season with a torn ACL, but had returned for the start of training camp this year.
“Today, Adrian Clayborn injured his groin,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “After the individual [workouts] he was done. He couldn’t practice the rest of the day so I don’t know. That’s usually not a good sign. He’s incredibly frustrated, obviously, after being out all that time with the surgery. And he gets it rolling again and now something is holding him back, but that’s the way life goes, you’ve got to keep battling and he will.”
Despite losing Clayborn to a groin injury, the Buccaneers did see the return of one of the prized offensive guards.
Bucs starting left guard Carl Nicks took his first training camp reps during one-on-one pass rush-pass protection drills. Nicks got a few reps in and held his own before walking off the field with the team trainers as scheduled. Nicks and Joseph have yet to take reps with the starters in team drills. Cody Wallace filled in for Nicks on Wednesday, while Ted Larsen subbed for Joseph with the starting offense.
Both of the Buccaneers lines have dealt with numerous injuries the past couple of years. The health of the players on both sides of the line will be key to the Buccaneers success in 2013.
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