The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have to do some massive shuffling on the offensive line after the team announced Tuesday that left guard Carl Nicks was placed in injured reserve with a toe injury.
Nicks is the second starting guard to be lost for the season. Davin Joseph was lost for the year during preseason. And the Buccaneers are down to just two starters on their offensive line from their projected preseason depth chart.
Only Donald Penn at left tackle and Jeremy Zuttah at center remain as season-long starters. Look for Tampa Bay to keep Demar Dotson at right tackle, Jamon Meredith at right guard and begin looking for answers to replace Nicks.
Ted Larsen, who was a starter for a short period of time before losing the gig to Joseph, is an option. So is Jeremy Trueblood, who has been trying to make a transition to right guard.
Tampa Bay also promoted Roger Allen from the practice squad, who might just be there for depth, but could also be given a chance to step up.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said for fans and the media to wait until the Falcons were 10-0 before starting to really think about an undefeated season.
Peter Konz, who played in place of an injured Garrett Reynolds Sunday, played all 75 offensive snaps and got good reviews form the coaching staff. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said tightening up the coverage in situations like Chicago's final drive on Sunday, not changing the play-calling is what's important. [Charlotte Observer]
The Charlotte Observer is reporting that at least one NFC team has inquired about the possibility of acquiring Steve Smith before the trade deadline.
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Ronde Barber, on WDAE-AM 620, said the Buccaneers are succeeding at taking the ball away from opponents because they practice their "ball-disruption circuit" every day. [JoeBucsFan]
The Tampa Bay Times reports that when the Buccaneers hit the field Sunday, they'll only have two of the original five offensive line starters from the beginning of the season.