TAMPA — The loss of yesterday’s game to the Lions keeps nagging the Bucs. Not only will they have to go on the road to Minnesota next week and try to even their record, but they’ll have to do it without the aid of slot receiver Sammie Stroughter.
Stroughter will have what is being called a “small surgery” and will miss the next few weeks per a report from Raheem Morris. Morris wanted to make it clear the surgery won’t be major and won’t cut into Stroughter’s season too much as he expects the receiver back soon.
“He’s not out for the season,” Morris said. “A few weeks.’
The injury was to Stroughter’s foot which he hurt on a 78 yard kickoff return early in yesterday’s game. Morris has said he fully expects other receivers like Micheal Spurlock and Dezmon Briscoe to step up during the time the Bucs will spend without Stroughter. Preston Parker is also a name to watch in the slot during Stroughter’s absence.
The Bucs receiver wasn’t the only injury in the Sunday loss. Defensive lineman Brian Price left the game with what is being called a hamstring injury.
“Hopefully, we’ll get him back,” Morris said. “He played one of his better games. I’m really pleased where he played yesterday, how fast he got off the ball.”
The St. Petersburg Times’ Stephen Holder spoke with Price after the game who assured the injury won’t be as serious as Stroughter’s.
“Talked to Brian Price after the game. Said hamstring is not serious and that he was all right. After his offseason that’s good news”
-@HolderStephen, St. Petersbugh Times Bucs Beat Writer
Josh Freeman was breifly taken out of the game late yesterday with what was initially reported (and feared) as a shoulder injury. Freeman was merely showing signs of dehydration and exhaustion and received an IV to counter the effects.
“I probably should’ve gone to the IV at halftime, but I was pumping fluids the whole game knowing I’m a heavy sweater. My ankle kind of twisted. So I overreacted, and the next thing you know, I’m cramping all up my right side and I’ve got to get off the field.”
Every way you look at it, the Bucs game yesterday to open the season is forgettable. The mission now is to get healthy and stay healthy against another old NFC Central rival and a true Black and Blue defense in the Minnesota Vikings next week.