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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Koetter 'extremely' concerned with CB Vernon Hargreaves' play

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    The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    "Extremely," Koetter said. "I'm concerned with everybody's play after the way we played the first half yesterday, but Vern is not in a very good streak of games right now. We asked Vern to be more aggressive this year with his coverage, and he started out doing that, in OTAs and training camp, but he has not played his best football these last three games."...

    Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves makes a tackle against Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had 128 receiving yards in the first half of Sunday's 38-33 win against Tampa Bay.
  2. Report: Jameis Winston shoulder injury is AC joint sprain

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    The shoulder injury that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston sustained in Sunday's loss to Arizona is an AC joint sprain, an injury he might be able to play through, according to an NFL Network report.

    Winston left in the second quarter of Sunday's game and was replaced by backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said after the game that x-rays were negative on Winston's shoulder but that an MRI on Monday would show whether there was any damage to the shoulder. Winston didn't go into detail about the injury, but said "I'll be back. Soon."...

    The shoulder injury that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston sustained in Sunday's loss to Arizona is an AC joint sprain. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Jameis Winston shoulder injury is AC joint sprain

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    The shoulder injury that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston sustained in Sunday's loss to Arizona is an AC joint sprain, an injury he might be able to play through moving forward.

    Winston left in the second quarter of Sunday's game and was replaced by backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said after the game that x-rays were negative on Winston's shoulder but that an MRI on Monday would show whether there was any damage to the shoulder. Winston didn't go into detail about the injury, but said "I'll be back. Soon." The specifics of his injury were first reported by NFL Network....

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston throws during Sunday's loss at Arizona. He played only 15 offensive snaps before he left with a shoulder injury, which is reported to be a sprain of the AC joint, something he might be able to play through.
  4. Four drives, 316 yards: How Bucs fell behind 24-0 to Cards

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    Entering Sunday's game with the Bucs, the Arizona Cardinals hadn't scored more than 23 points in any game this season, and hadn't scored more than 18 since their season opener. They would cover that in a hurry against Tampa Bay.

    "We cannot, cannot, cannot give people that big of a lead," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "This is the NFL. You can't do it. You can't do it."

    It was telling that Arizona won the coin toss and elected to receive, wanting to set the tone rather than defer to the second half as most teams do. If there were questions about Adrian Peterson, acquired for a low-round pick from the Saints this week, then they were answered on the opening drive. Peterson had runs of 8, 8 and 11 yards, then a 27-yard touchdown for a stunning 7-0 lead, going 75 yards on six plays....

    Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson runs through the Bucs defense in helping Arizona to a 24-0 halftime lead Sunday.
  5. Bucs-Cardinals journal: Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald defy their age

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    GLENDALE, Ariz. ­— That 37-year-old Carson Palmer would lead Arizona to victory over the Bucs on Sunday isn't that surprising — Tampa Bay is 3-9 against starting quarterbacks who are 36 or older since 2009, including losses to Palmer in each of the last two years.

    But RB Adrian Peterson and WR Larry Fitzgerald — both future Hall of Famers — defied their age in a way few Bucs opponents ever have....

    Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson finds room to run during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  6. Buccaneers-Cardinals: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay's 38-33 loss

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    Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 38-33 loss at Arizona on Sunday:

    6

    Bucs points through three quarters.

    27

    Bucs points in the fourth quarter, most in any quarter in the team's 41-year history

    21

    Largest deficit the Bucs have ever overcome in a win (Nov. 2, 2008, vs. Chiefs). They trailed the Cardinals by 31 points....

    Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs scored 27 points in the fourth quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  7. Jameis Winston sidelined — for now — with shoulder injury

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    Adding injury to insult, the Bucs lost quarterback Jameis Winston to a shoulder injury during Sunday's 38-33 loss to the Cardinals in Glandale, Ariz.

    Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick took over with Tampa Bay trailing 24-0 in the second quarter.

    Winston went down awkwardly on his shoulder on the opening drive, attempting a third-down throw as he was being hit. He continued to play for two more series, and was 5-for-10 for 61 yards when Fitzpatrick took over....

    Jameis Winston is pressured by Arizona's Chandler Jones. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  8. Winston sidelined with shoulder injury with Bucs down 24-0

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    Adding injury to insult, the Bucs have lost quarterback Jameis Winston to a shoulder injury -- he's on the sidelines in the second quarter and doubtful to return, with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick taking over as the Bucs trail Arizona 24-0.

    Winston went down awkwardly on his shoulder on the opening drive, attempting a third-down throw as he was being hit. He continued to play for two more series, and was 5-for-10 for 61 yards when Fitzpatrick took over....

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston takes the field before Sunday's game at Arizona. He left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.
  9. Lavonte David, T.J. Ward return as Bucs face Cardinals

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    As expected, the Bucs are getting linebacker Lavonte David and safety T.J. Ward back from injuries as they play a key game against the Cardinals today.

    David, who had missed two games with an ankle injury, and Ward, who missed the Patriots game with a hip injury, are both active against Arizona. The Bucs are still without four players sidelined with injuries: LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring), S Keith Tandy (hip), DE Ryan Russell (shoulder) and DB Josh Robinson (concussion). The other inactives are OT Leonard Wester and OC Joe Hawley, who have been inactive in all five games, and TE Antony Auclair, who has been inactive in four of five....

    Bucs safety T.J. Ward, shown earlier this season against the Bears, will return healthy against Arizona today after missing the last game with a hip injury.
  10. Bucs: Lavonte David, T.J. Ward will play Sunday vs. Cardinals

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    PHOENIX — Bucs linebacker Lavonte David and safety T.J. Ward, both listed as questionable with lingering injuries, will play today against the Cardinals, coach Dirk Koetter told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday. Koetter also said that center Ali Marpet (illness) and defensive end Robert Ayers (back), who were listed as questionable, will play. David missed two games with an ankle injury, and Ward (hip) missed one. Linebacker Kwon Alexander (hamstring), safety Keith Tandy (hip), special teams captain Josh Robinson (concussion) and defensive end Ryan Russell (shoulder) were ruled out Friday....

  11. Koetter: Lavonte David, T.J. Ward to play vs. Cardinals

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    Linebacker Lavonte David and safety T.J. Ward, both listed as questionable for Sunday with lingering injuries, will both play for the Bucs against Arizona, coach Dirk Koetter told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday.

    "We're getting healthier ... we're going to get Lavonte David back this week, we're going to get T.J. Ward back this week," Koetter said on his weekly radio appearance. "Unfortunately Kwon Alexander is not quite ready. He's getting real close though. Keith Tandy, one of our safeties, not quite ready but he's getting real close. Josh Robinson, our special-teams ace, is in the concussion protocol and that has to run its course."...

    Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, shown in preseason, will return to the field Sunday against Arizona after missing two games with a sprained ankle.
  12. Bucs journal: Alexander, Tandy out Sunday vs. Cardinals, but David, Ward could return

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    TAMPA — A return to full strength for the Bucs defense will have to wait at least another week, with LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and S Keith Tandy (hip) and two others ruled out for Sunday's game at Arizona.

    But two other key defensive starters could return, as LB Lavonte David (ankle) and S T.J. Ward (hip) were listed as questionable. Both remained at limited participation in Friday's practice....

    Bucs LB Lavonte David might play in his first game since injuring his ankle in Week 3.
  13. Alexander, Tandy among four Bucs ruled out for Sunday

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    A return to full strength for the Bucs defense will have to wait at least another week, as the team has ruled out LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and S Keith Tandy (hip) for Sunday's game at Arizona.

    The Bucs could get back two other key defensive starters, as LB Lavonte David (ankle) and S T.J. Ward (hip) are listed as questionable, but both remained at limited participation in Friday's practice. Two other Bucs players have been ruled out in special-teams captain Josh Robinson (concussion) and DE Ryan Russell (shoulder). There was encouraging progress for C Ali Marpet (illness) and DE Robert Ayers (back), who were both upgraded to full participation but are listed as questionable for Sunday....

    Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander, shown this summer, will miss a fourth straight game with a hamstring injury he suffered in the season-opening win against the Bears.
  14. Bucs confident DE Will Clarke can step up if needed

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    Injuries may have the Bucs limited to four defensive ends Sunday at Arizona, among them Will Clarke, who was claimed off waivers from the Bengals just before the season and had a key recovery of a Tom Brady fumble against the Patriots.

    "I think it's a good pickup. We like the guy," coach Dirk Koetter said Friday. "He's playing on special teams. He's learning our system. He's definitely got some talent. I think he had four sacks last year. His role is going to go up. If Ryan Russell is out, his role is going to go up."...

    Bucs defensive end Will Clarke celebrates after recovering a Tom Brady fumble in Tampa Bay's game against New England. He could step into a large role due to injuries this week at Arizona.
  15. Bucs-Cardinals: Things to watch in Sunday's 4:05 game in Arizona

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    We understand how silly it is to make jokes from Florida about retirees in Arizona, but so many of the story lines in today's Bucs-Cardinals game involve veteran players and just how much they have left in the tank. Arizona had the NFL's oldest roster at the start of the season, averaging 27.5 years -— about a year older than the Bucs, who ranked as the league's 10th-oldest team.

    With that in mind, here are five things to watch in today's game....

     Carson Palmer, getting sacked by Bucs  defensive end Noah Spence last season, is the third quarterback older than 35 that Tampa Bay will face this season. Palmer, age 37, leads the Cardinals in today’s game.