Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting safety Mark Barron has had a breakout year, but that season may come to a halt this weekend as the second-year defensive back has been limited or missing from practice this week, and may miss Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Here’s a tweet with the report of his practice status, courtesy of Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com:
S Mark Barron and DE Da'Quan Bowers not at the part of practice that was open to media.
— Pat Yasinskas (@PatYazESPN) December 20, 2013
This would be a particularly tough loss against the Rams, who feature a very capable tight end in Jared Cook who Barron would have likely covered often this weekend.
Keith Tandy would start in Barron’s place, and the young West Virginia product would have another chance to earn playing time next season in the nickel package. Tandy has come up with some big interceptions this season, but he’s also struggled mightily against the run, and also finds himself out of position against the pass on a regular basis.
Full injury reports are released Friday afternoon, so we’ll have a better idea of Barron’s status at that time. But with only two games left in a lost season, we can only hope that Barron will be treated with caution and sat down if he’s a risk for further injury.
Da’Quan Bowers would also be a disappointing loss, because these last two games are possibly his last two chances to earn back playing time under head coach Greg Schiano.