Royals was participating in special teams' punt drills when one of his teammates ran into his kicking leg and sent him to the ground immediately. Royals appeared to be in a lot of pain and had to be carted off of the field.
"Mark got run into in a punting drill," said head coach Tony Dungy. "Our doctors are going to check it and examine it. We don't know the extent of the injury at this point."
This is not the first time Royals has had a run-in with his own teammates on these drills. In April's mini-camp, Royals was run into and knocked to the ground by Eric Vance. Royals limped around for about 10 minutes, but continued to punt throughout the day.
The Bucs do have another punter on their roster. Andrew Bayes (6-2, 200) is in his second year out of East Carolina University. Bayes punted for the Frankfurt Galaxy over in NFL Europe this spring and averaged 38.4 yards per punt. Bayes was basically brought aboard the Bucs' ship as an insurance policy, but it looks as though Tampa Bay may be cashing that policy in. If Royals is injured for any length of time, The Bucs may also bring in another punter.
"Andrew Bayes is here and is going to do a good job for us," said Dungy. "We'll take a look at Mark's situation and if it is going to be long-term, then we might look to bring another guy in."
BucMag.com will give you the latest on Royals' status as soon as we are made aware of it. He is scheduled for a MRI tomorrow morning.
OTHER CASUALATIES OF WAR: Rookie G Russ Hochstein, who suffered a broken bone in his hand in the morning practice, had a cast put on his hand and did not participate in the afternoon drills. He will be examined further on Wednesday.
Free safety Dexter Jackson, TE Todd Yoder and RB Pepe Pearson sat out of the afternoon practice due to heat exhaustion they suffered during the morning practice. Safety Eric Vance filled in at FS for Jackson with the first team.
Running back Jamie Wilson and WR Frank Rice sat out with pulled hamstrings. Wide receiver Jacquay Nunnally had a pulled hamstring too, but participated in the afternoon practice.
LINEBACKER SHUFFLE: The Bucs continued to try and find LB Derrick Brooks' replacement at training camp. Linebacker Shelton Quarles played Brooks' weakside linebacker position while LB Jeff Gooch played the strongside.
OBSERVATIONS: Rookie WR Khori Ivy appeared to be fatigued from the morning practice. Ivy was having trouble catching passes and looked a bit sluggish.
7-ON-7 DRILLS: Wide receiver Jacquez Green had a good afternoon practice. Green came up with a nice one-handed catch and went up high in the air to haul in another.
Wide receiver Robert Kilow made an impressive catch across the middle of the field, but just seconds after hauling in the pass, CB BRIAN KELLY stripped him for an interception.
11-ON-11 DRILLS: Kilow made a very impressive diving catch on the sidelines towards the end of these drills. After pulling in the catch while in the air, Kilow landed directly on the ball. It is a wonder how he did not get the wind knocked out of him, but he got up immediately.
Cornerback Anthony Midget completely laid out WR Gerald Harris on one of the last plays of these drills. Harris pulled in a pass from QB Ryan Leaf, but was immediately put on his back by Midget. Harris got up off of the ground right away and ran the ball back to the huddle.
THAT'S A WRAP: So, what did Dungy think of his team's first day of training camp practices?
"It was ok," said Dungy. "I think we are moving in the right direction. We would have liked to have been a little sharper, but overall, I thought the effort and intensity were good."
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