Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny was shocked when he realized he had broken his right arm in the regular season opener at New England last week.
As a rookie two seasons ago, he broke the same arm, in about the same place, against the same opponent, in the same stadium. Don't tell him lightning can't strike twice.
"I said, 'It can't be the same thing, not again, not here at New England, playing the Patriots,'" said Posluszny, who met with reporters for the first time since undergoing surgery - again.
"I couldn't believe it happened but I guess later they told me with having plates in your arm that's part of the deal. That's part of the drawback of having metal in there, so it's just something that I'm going to have to deal with and now with the new surgery."
Posluszny said surgeons gave him a longer plate this time so "it should be more solid." Shedding his injury prone label will depend on how well the plate holds up. But he's not overly worried.
"There are certain drawbacks of it and what happened to me was kind of a freak accident," he said. "It's one of those things where it happens once out of how many number of times as the surgery is performed so it was just one of the small drawbacks of doing that type of surgery but it's no big deal. The doctors assured me with it this time around. The surgery went well, they did a great job with that and I should be good to go from here on out so I shouldn't have to worry about this happening again."
Posluszny should be back in action my mid-to-late October. In the meantime, second-year pro Marcus Buggs is starting in his place. Buggs was credited with six tackles, one for a loss, and made a nice pass breakup in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. Keith Ellison moved to the inside linebacker spot in nickel situations. For the game, the Buccaneers rushed 19 times for just 57 yards.
"Marcus plays hard. I thought he played a good game," coach Dick Jauron said.
"He gives you everything he has out on that field. He made some plays so I was really pleased with Marcus and how he handled things on the football field. Keith (Ellison) and Kawika (Mitchell) helped him out a lot. They keep things under control and they help with calls, so I thought the three of them played well and played hard."
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