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Isaac forces cancellation of Bucs' Monday practice

TAMPA - You can add the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the list of those adversely affected by Tropical Storm Isaac. Due to the threat of severe weather in the area, the Bucs announced late Sunday they have canceled their Monday workout at One Buc Place as well as all media availability for the day. The Bucs are still scheduled to hold regular meetings at the team facility and they will likely do some weight and dry-land training but on-field activities have been scrapped. The Bucs are scheduled to leave Tuesday for their fourth and final preseason game against the Redskins in Washington on Wednesday. So far no changes have been made to that schedule.
The decision to cancel the workout comes in the wake of the Bucs' 30-28 win over the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium on Friday night. The victory improved their preseason record to 2-1, but it was a costly victory as the team lost starting right guard Davin Joseph to a torn right patellar tendon injury. Joseph is scheduled to have surgery today on his right knee. It was unclear whether Tropical Storm Isaac would force a postponement of the procedure. The Bucs were scheduled to begin their search for a replacement for Joseph during Monday's workout, with coach Greg Schiano considering several options at the position. One of those calls for third-year pro Ted Larsen to move into Joseph's spot, while another may involve inserting fellow guard Derek Hardman into the starting lineup. Still another possibility would have the Bucs moving projected starting center Jeremy Zuttah to right guard, a position he has played before, and using Larsen as the new center. The Bucs are also trying to decide on a starting right tackle as the preseason continues. Incumbent Jeremy Trueblood has been the starter there all preseason but is being challenged down the stretch by Demar Dotson. In other position battles, it appears as though rookie Doug Martin has won the starting running back job over LeGarrette Blount. It could be weeks, though, before the Bucs decide on a starting tight end. Schiano said on Saturday that he intends to start the season by using a tight-end-by-committee approach in which veteran Dallas Clark, second-year pro Luke Stocker and rookie Danny Noble will all be used interchangeably.
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