2014-10-31 Blind Side Switch: Collins Doubtful to Play - The Buccaneers are likely to have their first injury fill-in at the critical left tackle spot in more than seven years Sunday, as starter Anthony Collins is doubtful on the injury report...And other lineup updates Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2014-10-31 If Cousins starts, rookie Pamphile could be active - As if the 1-6 record weren't enough, Bucs fans have lamented the lack of impact this season from the lower-round rookies -- running back Charles Sims has been injured, receiver Robert Herron has 58 total receiving yards, and offensive linemen Kadeem Edwards and Kevin Pamphile have been inactive every game. Tampa Bay Times
    2014-10-31 Buccaneers vs. Browns injury report: Jordan Cameron out, Doug Martin doubtful - With Jordan Cameron out, the Cleveland Browns won't look good on Sunday -- but the Bucs' offense has plenty of injury issues, too. The Cleveland Browns will be without star tight end Jordan Cameron on Sunday, per Mary Kay Cabot. The Browns tight end is recovering from a concussion, and will not be cleared to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That should be a big blow to Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns offense, which has relief heavily on the tight end position, with Cameron notching 31 catches for 250 yards in six games. As for the Bucs, they'll almost certainly be without running back Doug Martin and left tackle Anthony Collins, while returner Trindon Holliday has been definitively ruled out with a hamstring injury. It seems likely that Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey will take over for Martin on Sunday. Sims has yet to be activated, but the back has been a full participant in this week's practices. Collins will probably be replaced by Oniel Cousins which...well, that's not going to be pretty. Barkevious Mingo is going to have a field day against the Bucs, which is probably going to kill the Tampa Bay offense. So that'll be fun. We'll have the full injury report for you as soon as it's out. Bucs Nation
    2014-10-31 Oniel Cousins set to start at left tackle for Buccaneers vs. Browns @DawgsByNature http://t.co/i8tonqUgxU - None twitter
    2014-10-31 Oniel Cousins set to start at left tackle for Buccaneers vs. Browns - The Buccaneers may have to rely on one of the worst offensive guards in the NFL....to start at left tackle. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to start Oniel Cousins at left tackle against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Collins did not practice on Sunday and, according to Greg Auman, Cousins is the one who's been taking most of the practice reps at left tackle. In case you don't know who Cousins is, he was once called "the worst guard [he's] seen in all [his] years of watching football" by Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature. Cousins was penciled in as the Bucs' starting left guard before they traded for Logan Mankins, but Cousins was beaten on probably 50% of his preseason snaps. Bottom line is that Cousins is a horrible football player, and he's now going to be a starting left tackle. For an NFL team. There's one small ray of hope: the Bucs might decide to start fifth-round rookie Kevin Pamphile at tackle instead. Yes, the 'hope' is that they start a fifth-round rookie who hasn't played a single snap this season, not even on special teams. As if matters weren't bad enough already, Doug Martin also missed today's practice, which means he's likely to be going out for Sunday's game, too. At least rookie Charles Sims looked good to go, per Greg Auman. To buy tickets, visit the NFL Ticket Exchange. Bucs Nation
    2014-10-31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns: Complete Week 9 Preview for Tampa Bay - *All injury statuses courtesy of Buccaneers.com, based on participation in Thursday's practice. Already struggling with pass protection, the Bucs could be without their starting left tackle this week as Collins (foot) has yet to practice.  Oniel Cousins spent Thursday's practice as Collins' replacement with the first-team offense, sliding out from his normal guard spot.  Cousins' play at guard during the preseason helped prompt the Bucs to trade for Logan Mankins, so Tampa Bay fans won't exactly be thrilled to see him protecting Mike Glennon's blind side. Doug Martin left last week's game with an ankle injury and has yet to practice this week, making it unlikely he'll be active against Cleveland.  All signs point to rookie Charles Sims being activated from the injured reserve/designated to return list, and he should share touches with Bobby Rainey this week in place of Martin. Reserve linebacker and special teamer Magee (knee) was the only other Buccaneer to miss practice on Thursday.  Holliday, who was signed last week to be the Bucs' new return specialist, popped up on the injury report Thursday with a hamstring issue. Jackson (rib) has been on the injury report for weeks now, but he's yet to miss any game action.  Expect the same from the offensive captain this week.  Dietrich-Smith (knee) and Johnson (hand) should also be good to go on Sunday. B/R - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2014-10-30 Anthony Collins, Doug Martin in doubt for Buccaneers vs. Browns - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could very well be without two important starters on offense against the Cleveland Browns. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one fairly major injury issue. It's not Doug Martin -- his absence seems almost certain and will be felt, but it's not exactly disastrous for the team's offense. The problem is Anthony Collins, who missed a second consecutive practice with a foot injury. Collins hasn't played well as the team's starting left tackle, but his backup is Oniel Cousins -- and he is absolutely horrible. He can't even hack it at guard, so his playing tackle would likely be an entirely novel level of incompetence, not before witnessed in the annals of Bucs history. One alternative is that rookie fifth-round pick Kevin Pamphile makes his first start, or that right tackle Demar Dotson slides over to right tackle. Neither solution is ideal, as it's not clear that placing Pamphile or Cousins at right tackle would do all that much more good, and Pamphile has yet to take an NFL snap. Other than Martin and Collins, the Bucs are mostly healthy. Trindon Holliday tweaked  his hamstring today, and his injury is of unknown severity. A few veterans were limited in practice, but all of them should play on Sunday as minor scrapes are fairly common at this point in the season. TAMPA BAY Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Anthony Collins 73 T Foot Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Trindon Holliday 11 WR Hamstring Limited Participation Evan Dietrich-Smith"]">Evan Dietrich-Smith 62 C Knee Limited Participation Limited Participation Vincent Jackson"]">Vincent Jackson 83 WR Rib Limited Participation Limited Participation Michael Johnson"]">Michael Johnson 90 DE Hand Limited Participation Limited Participation Brandon Magee"]">Brandon Magee 53 LB Knee Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Doug Martin 22 RB Ankle Did Not Participate Did Not Participate CLEVELAND Player No. Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Desmond Bryant"]">Desmond Bryant 92 DL Wrist Full Participation Full Participation Jordan Cameron"]">Jordan Cameron 84 TE Concussion Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Jim Leonard 30 DB Hamstring Full Participation Full Participation Barkevious Mingo"]">Barkevious Mingo 51 LB Shoulder Full Participation Full Participation Ahtyba Rubin"]">Ahtyba Rubin 71 DL Ankle Limited Participation Full Participation Rodney Smith"]">Rodney Smith 13 WR Hamstring Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Phil Taylor"]">Phil Taylor 98 DL Knee Did Not Participate Did Not Participate Joe Thomas"]">Joe Thomas 73 T Not Injury Related Did Not Participate Full Participation K'Waun Williams"]">K'Waun Williams 36 DB Shoulder/Neck Full Participation Full Participation Billy Winn"]">Billy Winn 90 DL Quad Full Participation Full Participation Bucs Nation
    2014-10-30 RT @LeoHowell8: If Oniel Cousins starts at left tackle for the Bucs this weekend, you want to fade every Bucs player you have in fantasy. - None twitter
    2014-10-30 If Oniel Cousins starts for the Bucs at left tackle this Sunday, the #Browns defense might set a record for sacks and QB knockouts. - None twitter
    2014-10-30 RT @gregauman: Bucs left tackle Anthony Collins not practicing again and limping as he battles foot injury. Oniel Cousins working at left t… - None twitter
    2014-10-19 Trolololoololololololol Cousins. And everyone who wanted to trade for him. - None twitter
    2014-10-13 Former Redskin calls for Cousins to be benched; RG3 to start individual work - Your browser does not support iframes.Former Washington Redskins player Brian Mitchell says the time is now for the team to bench Kirk Cousins. Even with Robert Griffin III not ready to return yet.  [Join FanDuel's $500,000 Week 7 fantasy league: $10 to enter; top 10,102 teams paid] Mitchell, on Comcast SportsNet's post-game show after the Redskins lost 23-13 to the Arizona Cardinals (via the Washington Post), said the time is nigh for the team to sit Cousins — and yes, that would mean going to third-string QB Colt McCoy until Robert Griffin is back from a dislocated ankle. “This is the NFL; you’re in the NFL because you’re exceptional,” Mitchell said. “You’re better than the other people out there. You’re supposed to be able to make plays that other guys don’t make. And I think we have to hold Kirk to the same standard we held Robert to. And if Kirk Cousins can’t get the job done, then there’s another quarterback sitting there." There was talk after Cousins' first start this season against the Eagles in which he threw for 427 yards with three touchdowns and one interception that he — and not RG3 — might actually be a better fit in head coach Jay Gruden's offense. That talk since has dissipated as Cousins has struggled, throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble in a blowout loss to the New York Giants and throwing three more Sunday at Arizona. This has Mitchell thinking the Redskins need to move on. “There are people on this football team that, from one to 53, are professional athletes," Mitchell said. "And too many times, as coaches and as players, we get stuck into wanting certain people to be the guy. When Robert went down, everyone said Kirk was the guy. And Kirk hasn’t gotten the job done, just like Robert wasn’t getting the job done. Well, why not move on to somebody else?” Mitchell says the next-man-up approach should be the Redskins' line of thinking here, even if McCoy isn't the most attractive option from outward appearances. “If you can’t get it done in the fourth quarter — when that’s when you make your name — then it’s time for them to start trying to see if the rest of the guys on this team can play. Colt McCoy is the next guy out there. I don’t see what the problem would be." MItchell cites the Redskins' record this season — and Cousins' career record as a starter — as reasons why things must change. “We’re sitting at 1-5, okay?” Michell went on. “[Cousins is] 1-7 as a starter. People tell me he passed for 400-some yards; they lost. He passed for 300-some yards today; they lost. And no, it’s not all his fault. But there are things that are his fault, that he has control over going down the stretch. This game is about getting the best of the best out there, and all 53 guys are professional athletes. And until the best is on the field, then the coaches aren’t doing their job.” Griffin, meanwhile, is still working his way back, but he appears ready to take an important step. Gruden said RG3 is poised to return to the field to take part in individual drills, via CSNWashington.com. “I think he’s going to start individual drills this week,” Gruden said. “As far as actually taking practice reps I think that will be at least another week. We’ll get him out there, do some individual drills, throw some balls to balls to the wideouts. That will be the first step. Then next week we’ll try to get him maybe in some practice situations and see where he is.” The Redskins face the Tennessee Titans at home in Week 7, followed by two road games — at the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings — the following two weeks before the Week 10 bye. It would make sense that Griffin might be held back until after the Redskins return from bye, when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home in Week 11. But it's possible that Griffin, who has been doing agility drills during practice and who was seen doing sprinting before the Cardinals game, could return sooner — perhaps as soon as the Cowboys game. The coaches appear to want to give him at least a week's worth of practice, perhaps more, before taking the field again. So would the Redskins switch gears and go to McCoy as a bridge before Griffin returns? MItchell might like the sound of that, but Gruden has yet to tip his hand on how he'll handle the next few games. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm Shutdown Corner
    2014-09-25 Buccaneers upgrade QB Mike Kafka; Tampa goes Kafkaesque - The Tampa Bay Bay Buccaneers are going Kakfaesque. Sort of. Yes, after failing to make a significant impact with the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Kafka is promoted from the Buccaneers practice squad, to the active roster. From the SB Nation T.B. Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation: Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted quarterback Mike Kafka to the active roster, another sign that Mike Glennon is likely to start on Sunday while Josh McCown recovers from a thumb injury. To make room for Kafka, the Bucs waived guard Rishaw Johnson, and added offensive lineman Josh Allen to the active roster. Somehow, Oniel Cousins survives once again The legendary philosopher, author and critical thinker Franz Kafka once said: “If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?” The answer: Mike Kafka, a former Northwestern and St. Rita (Chicago) star, exists as QB2 in T.B. for the time being. He’ll hope to exist in the short term future as QB3. Kafka, 26, was ... YardBarker
    2014-09-25 Buccaneers vs. Steelers: Tampa bay desperately needs a win. - All our coverage for Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted quarterback Mike Kafka to the active roster, another sign that Mike Glennon is likely to start on Sunday while Josh McCown recovers from a thumb injury. To make room for Kafka, the Bucs waived guard Rishaw Johnson, and added offensive lineman Josh Allen to the active roster. Somehow, Oniel Cousins survives once again. The Bucs will be fervently hoping that Kafka won't actually have to take the field. He has a total of 16 career regular season passes, and yet managed to throw two interception in those attempts. He also looked pretty disastrous in the Bucs' preseason. But at least he knows the system, I guess. The Bucs also tried out quarterback Terrelle Pryor, but apparently they didn't think he was good enough. With Doug Martin on track to play on Sunday and a likely return for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Glennon may see himself in a position to succeed. Or at least more so than McCown was in the past few weeks. Bucs Nation
    2014-09-25 Buccaneers promote Mike Kafka to active roster, waive Rishaw Johnson - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely start Mike Glennon on Sunday, as they've promoted quarterback Mike Kafka to the active roster to act as a backup on Sunday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted quarterback Mike Kafka to the active roster, another sign that Mike Glennon is likely to start on Sunday while Josh McCown recovers from a thumb injury. To make room for Kafka, the Bucs waived guard Rishaw Johnson, and added offensive lineman Josh Allen to the active roster. Somehow, Oniel Cousins survives once again. The Bucs will be fervently hoping that Kafka won't actually have to take the field. He has a total of 16 career regular season passes, and yet managed to throw two interception in those attempts. He also looked pretty disastrous in the Bucs' preseason. But at least he knows the system, I guess. The Bucs also tried out quarterback Terrelle Pryor, but apparently they didn't think he was good enough. With Doug Martin on track to play on Sunday and a likely return for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Glennon may see himself in a position to succeed. Or at least more so than McCown was in the past few weeks. Bucs Nation

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