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Bucs rookie Kendell Beckwith played at Lambeau last year

The Bucs haven't played a game at Lambeau Field in six years, and as they prepare to play there Sunday, the team's roster turnover has been heavy enough that no current players have played for the Bucs in Green Bay.

Tight end Luke Stocker did play in the 2011 game — one catch for 1 yard — but DT Gerald McCoy was out with injury, and OT Demar Dotson was inactive.

Odd as it sounds, two of the Bucs' rookies played against each other at Lambeau last fall while still in college.

"It was a good experience — we got a chance to tour everything, learning all the history there," said linebacker Kendell Beckwith, who played with LSU, taking a season-opening loss to Wisconsin. "It was pretty neat. The atmosphere was cool."

Beckwith had seven tackles in the game, including a stop on fourth-and-1. The winning Wisconsin team included running back Dare Ogunbowale, who just joined the Bucs' practice squad on Wednesday. He won't likely travel with the team this weekend, but knows how much support the Packers have.

"They love the Packers up there," said Ogunbowale, who is from Milwaukee and went to many Packer games growing up. "Lambeau Field is special. I got a chance to play there, and it's a beautiful place to play. These guys will definitely enjoy it."

The only Bucs player to play for the Packers is offensive lineman Evan Smith, who remains in concussion protocol but could start Sunday if cleared. He played for the Packers from 2009-13 before signing with the Bucs.

Others have played at Lambeau with other teams — receiver DeSean Jackson had a 55-yard touchdown there in 2013, and safety Chris Conte played there three times with the Bears, including a win there in 2013. He also had an interception against Green Bay in Chicago that same season.

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