Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Midday Camp Report: Bucs Lose Cox For Season
LAKE BUENA VISTA - Tuesday's morning workout was easily one of the most spirited of camp. It was also one of the more costly. On a day when second-year safety Sabby Piscitelli starred, the Bucs lost running back Earnest Graham and tight end Ben Troupe to injuries. Graham twisted an ankle and Troupe suffered a hit to the head that forced him to leave the workout early. It's still too early to tell just how long Graham and Troupe will be out but it's a good guess both could easily miss a workout or two at the least. That wasn't the only bad news the Bucs received Tuesday. They also learned that special teams standout Torrie Cox will miss the season with a knee injury. Cox missed all but four games last year because of a knee injury.The Bucs are already on the lookout for a replacement for Cox and one could be in camp by the end of the day. The likelihood is the Bucs will look for someone who can make an impact on special teams because they're actually fairly deep in the secondary. Piscitelli, a second-year man fighting for playing time at safety, showed that Tuesday with two big plays. The first was an interception of a Luke McCown pass that came during an 11-on-11 red-zone drill. The other was a forced fumble. On the second play Piscitelli chased down Michael Clayton and punched the ball out of his hands as he raced toward the end zone. Aside from showing poor ball security on that play, Clayton actually looked very good Tuesday. He consistently did an excellent job of gaining separation from defensive backs and displayed no issues whatsoever with making the catch. It wasn't the best of days for quarterback Jeff Garcia. Garcia under-threw a few balls and didn't look quite as sharp as normal. On the defensive side of the ball, Greg White got the majority of the first-team reps at left defensive end. Don't read too much into that, though. Kevin Carter is still believed to be ahead of him in that battle and it's not unusual for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to work second-team players in with the starters, especially during training camp. Roster hopeful Clifton Smith turned in a nice play during one of the seven-on-seven drills, taking a pass from Garcia and carrying it to the end zone. He did some trash talking on his way back up the field and was immediately warned by several Bucs defenders, including safety Jermaine Phillips, that he will likely pay for that play. The afternoon workout is a special teams only practice. Get additional updates on the Bucs Report: http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C546/ We'll let you know if anything significant comes from that.