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Mason Foster | Linebacker

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Washington
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Bucs MLB Mason Foster (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Saints.
Foster was listed as questionable after getting in three limited practices this week, but it wasn't enough to get him back on the field. Foster originally hurt his shoulder Week 2. Dane Fletcher will continue to fill in at middle linebacker. It's a boost for Khiry Robinson, who's a mid-range RB2 this week. Oct 5 - 10:06 AM

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Bucs MLB Mason Foster (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

Foster suited up both Wednesday and Thursday, and appears on track to return against the Saints.
Oct 2 - 3:52 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster dislocated his shoulder in the Week 2 loss to the Rams.

Foster exited early in the first half. Across 97 snaps, Foster has registered just six tackles and is struggling against both the run and pass. Former Patriots LB Dane Fletcher will man the middle for however long Foster is out.
Sep 15 - 6:22 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster exited Sunday's Week 2 game against the Rams with a shoulder injury and will not return.

Foster registered two tackles before leaving early in the first half. Dane Fletcher has replaced the downhill thumper at middle linebacker.
Sep 14 - 6:49 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has shed seven pounds since the spring in an effort to become better in coverage and quicker laterally.

Foster played at 242 pounds last season. In new coach Lovie Smith's defense, linebackers have to be fast to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster has mostly been a straight-linish attacking linebacker since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. Foster will be on the IDP radar as an every-down player.
Jul 29 - 11:14 AM

Mason Foster is considered the "odds-on favorite" to start at middle linebacker for the Bucs.

However, ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas names Foster as one of three players who need a strong training camp. The Bucs signed Dane Fletcher in the offseason, and he has plenty of experience and smarts after playing for Bill Belichick the previous four seasons. DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern with Foster's ability to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster is a thumper.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 7:18 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage-skills to remain at middle linebacker, but Foster showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster could also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use fewer dime packages.
Apr 19 - 5:37 PM

Bucs DC Leslie Frazier hinted the team may need to find a new middle linebacker, upgrading on Mason Foster.

Foster is an attacking linebacker who likes to get into the backfield. In the Bucs' new "Tampa-2" defense, the middle linebacker has to excel in coverage. Foster has struggled with that ever since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. He graded out in the bottom half of Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings this past season. Lovie Smith will be looking for his next Brian Urlacher.
Jan 17 - 12:40 PM

Bucs declared LB Mason Foster, FB Lonnie Pryor, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, DT Gary Gibson, and DE Steven Means inactive for Week 12.

Foster's absence is a blow to Tampa Bay's run defense as the Bucs get set to take on Reggie Bush. Nicks remains out indefinitely after toe surgery.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 11:51:00 AM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Foster is still suffering from the effects of his Week 11 concussion and has yet to be cleared to practice. His loss is a matchup upgrade for Reggie Bush and Detroit's running game. Adam Hayward is Foster's backup.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Beat writer Roy Cummings has a gut feeling that the Bucs are thinking of moving MLB Mason Foster to the strong side.

The potentially career-ending neck injury to Quincy Black has left a gaping hole in the Bucs' front seven. Cummings suggests bringing in a new middle linebacker via free agency or the draft, but that would be a risk. Foster made 106 tackles last season while leading the league's No. 1 run defense.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has a team-high seven tackles for loss through four games after recording just four in 16 games as a rookie.

Through four games, the Bucs as a team have roughly half as many tackles for loss as they did a year ago when the run defense cratered down the stretch. Foster is once again the team leader in tackles with 36 while the Bucs have gone from 32nd in run defense to top-five in the NFL.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 02:37:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (hamstring) has resumed practicing and looks to be on track to play in the season opener.

The injury should be a non-issue going forward. Foster, a third-round pick in the 2011 draft, recorded 84 tackles and two sacks as a 15-game rookie starter. We'd like him better in 2012 IDP leagues if he became an every-down player.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 01:15:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster's (hamstring) status is in question for the season opener.

"Hopefully, it can become a non-issue sometime in the near future," said coach Greg Schiano. "Will he play opening day? I'm not sure — I hope so." If Foster sits out, undersized special teamer Adam Hayward will draw the start versus the Panthers.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 08:03:00 PM

Bucs 2011 third-round pick Mason Foster has worked as the team's starting middle linebacker throughout OTAs.

Quincy Black has been the SAM 'backer, with rookie Lavonte David on the weak side. Coach Greg Schiano is noncommittal on the Week 1 lineup, but this seems like the safest bet thus far. We like David's chances of getting the most tackles.
Fri, Jun 8, 2012 02:06:00 PM

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