Injuries Open Door for New Faces

The business that is NFL football is one of jubilation and heartbreak. Roster moves at this point in the season can turn one man' s nightmare into another man's dream. Bucs' fans are still reeling from the loss of perennial pro bowl fullback Mike Alstott, not to mention the rest of the laundry list that the Bucs call their injury report; but as is the case in nature when something falls another is there to take its place.

First, the bad news. Wide receiver Marvin Minnis and defensive end Ron Warner were released one week after they were signed in the same fashion as tight end Tony McGee. The worst news aside from the loss of the A-train was the waiving of linebacker Jack Golden on account of his severely sprained left foot. This loss cuts a little deeper because Golden helped the Bucs win the big one last year. Golden will be missed on a special teams unit that is already in dis array, when healthy he was the teams fastest on kick coverage. Emotion cannot get in the way and golden had to waived to make room for healthy bodies that the Bucs desperately need. 

Linebackers Vinny Ciurciu and Justin Smith were signed to two year deals to help solidify the afore mentioned struggling special teams unit. Ciurciu played his collegiately at Boston College before making the Carolina Panthers practice squad this year. Smith is no stranger to the Buccaneers organization, he has been on the practice squad since 2002. His familiarity with the team should make his transition to the 53 man roster a smooth one. Running back Travis Stephens will take Smith's spot on the practice squad. The Bucs also picked up some help for the banged up secondary when they signed Travaris Robinson of waivers from the Atlanta Falcons

Wide receiver Charles Lee will get another chance with the Bucs, and hopefully he will realize the potential that fans know he possesses. Lee has been signed and released by the Bucs as often as George Stienbrenner signed and released Billy Martin. If the Bucs' number one receiver Keyshawn Johnson is the model for consistency, it leaves Lee with an opportunity to silence his critics by simply making routine catches without trying to make a circus catch on every play. Timing is essential to success, and hopefully the timing is right for the newly signed Buccaneers. The Bucs are going to need all the help they can get as they limp up north to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

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