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The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud said QB Josh McCown "has a significant sprain" to his right (throwing) thumb.

McCown is scheduled to see a hand specialist on Monday, and "all options remain open." One of those options is presumably surgery, which may be required if McCown suffered ligament damage. McCown is expected to miss "several weeks." Mike Glennon will start in his absence.
Sep 20 - 11:42 AM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Josh McCown (thumb) is expected to miss "several weeks."

McCown was believed to be dealing with only a sprain, but the injury could include ligament damage. Mike Glennon will get an extended look in McCown's absence and could remain the starter going forward. McCown was struggling to move the offense prior to going down, and had a 2:4 TD:INT ratio through two and a half games.
Sep 19 - 8:50 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports Josh McCown (thumb) could miss 1-2 games.

McCown is scheduled to undergo further tests on Monday, at which point more will be known. He should be considered questionable for Week 4. Coach Lovie Smith said McCown will remain the Bucs' starter when healthy.
Sep 19 - 7:23 PM

Coach Lovie Smith stated Friday that Josh McCown remains the Buccaneers' starting quarterback when healthy.

Shades of Rex Grossman. "Josh is our starter," Smith insisted. "We're looking at one game right now. It would be simple if Josh was the only guy who played bad. It seems like the only guy I'm asked about, 'is Josh your starter?' You can ask that about quite a few people, starting with me. Am I still the head coach based on that effort? But a little more goes into it than that." McCown suffered a sprained right (throwing) thumb in Thursday night's blowout loss to Atlanta. The Buccaneers aren't ready to hand the reins to Mike Glennon just yet.
Sep 19 - 3:29 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Josh McCown will undergo an MRI on Friday morning, but the "belief" is that he has a sprained right (throwing) thumb.

McCown banged his thumb on Falcons CB Robert McClain's helmet on his follow-through Thursday night. With McCown performing so terribly in his first three starts, even if the thumb injury doesn't prove to be significant, it will give the Bucs an excuse to look at Mike Glennon. Tampa Bay has ten days to figure things out, but chances are better than 50-50 Glennon starts Week 4 at Pittsburgh.
Sep 19 - 11:57 AM

Mike James rushed four times for four yards in Tampa Bay's Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

James caught a pass, but lost five yards. James briefly spelled Bobby Rainey after Rainey's first of two lost fumbles, but the Bucs quickly thought better of it. A distant third behind Rainey and Doug Martin, James is off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:34 AM

Brandon Myers caught 5-of-5 targets for 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

We suppose Myers was a highlight on a night where the Bucs suffered one of the worst losses in team history. The barely-there TE2 now has 13 catches for 107 yards through three games. You can make better use of a roster spot in 12-team leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:31 AM

Mike Evans caught 4-of-7 targets for 52 yards in the Bucs' Week 3, blowout loss to the Falcons.

One of Evans' missed targets was a Mike Glennon deep ball he probably should have hauled in. Evans was not one of the problems as the Bucs got waxed 56-14, but did appear sluggish, as if he's still adjusting to the speed of the NFL. He now has 13 grabs for 138 yards through three games. With Josh McCown not moving the offense (and hurt), Evans could benefit from a switch to Glennon.
Sep 18 - 11:58 PM

Vincent Jackson caught 2-of-9 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

V-Jax's score — where he got away with a push off — put the Bucs down 56-7 in the fourth quarter. He went the first three periods without a catch. Although bad quarterback play played a big part in V-Jax's inefficiency, at least one of his missed connections was a drop. Jackson has now wheezed to a 10/102/1 line through three games. He could be the biggest beneficiary if the Bucs decide to bench Josh McCown's slow release for Mike Glennon.
Sep 18 - 11:55 PM

Playing in relief of an injured Josh McCown (thumb), Mike Glennon completed 17-of-24 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Glennon technically didn't commit any turnovers, but had a snap sail over his head. The Falcons recovered, setting up shop at the Bucs' two-yard line. Glennon later had another miscommunication with C Evan Dietrich-Smith, lining up in shotgun when EDS thought he was under center. It was hard to evaluate Glennon with the game so out of hand, but he looked better than McCown has this season, though he averaged a measly 5.0 yards per attempt. He found Vincent Jackson for a three-yard score in the fourth quarter. McCown's hand was heavily wrapped after his departure, making him look like a long-shot for Week 4. If Glennon starts, he'll do so on the road against the Steelers, and be a bottom-barrel QB2 as the Bucs search for an offensive identity.
Sep 18 - 11:47 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 10 times for just 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons, catching seven passes for 64 yards while also losing two fumbles.

The 97 yards from scrimmage were actually a best-case scenario for a player who was briefly benched following his first fumble in the first quarter, and could have been sent to the pine for good after coughing it up on the Bucs' opening drive of the second half. Thankfully, coach Lovie Smith showed mercy on a night where his entire team stunk. Rainey's long-term role remains up in the air with Doug Martin (knee) likely back for Week 4, but he's going to keep getting work. Rainey should remain owned in 10-12 team leagues.
Sep 18 - 11:40 PM

Josh McCown was forced from the Bucs' Week 3 game against the Falcons with a right (throwing) thumb injury, and will not return.

Mike Glennon is now in the game at quarterback. McCown smashed his hand on CB Robert McClain's facemask on a follow through, but initially stayed in the game. He departed in the waning minutes of the second quarter, however. McCown was abysmal before heading to the locker room, completing just 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception. His pick came on a pass that took an eternity to develop, and should have never been thrown. McCown may have gotten benched even if he hadn't gotten hurt. Depending on how Glennon looks in relief, the Bucs could already have a controversy on their hands. McCown boasts a 2:4 TD:INT ratio through two and a half games.
Sep 18 - 9:49 PM

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy (hand) is inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.

The Bucs simply didn't have enough time to get McCoy's broken hand ready on a short week. One of the league's premier defensive linemen, McCoy is expected to return for Week 4.
Sep 18 - 7:06 PM

Doug Martin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.

The Bucs had been hinting all week that Martin would suit up, but that changed Thursday afternoon. His absence leaves Bobby Rainey as a high-upside RB2 against a Falcons defense that's gotten smoked by the run the past two weeks. Rainey will be spelled by Mike James. Martin is week to week, with a strong chance at returning in Week 4. It could be as a backup if Rainey has another big game, however. Also inactive for the Bucs are DT Gerald McCoy, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, LB Mason Foster, OT Kevin Pamphile, OG Kadeem Edwards and OG Rishaw Johnson.
Sep 18 - 6:58 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms there's a "good chance" Doug Martin (knee) is inactive Thursday against the Falcons.

Per La Canfora, even if Martin does dress, there's "not much expectation of him being involved." It's going to be the Bobby Rainey show against a run defense that's allowed 309 yards through its first two games. Rainey can be used as a plug-and-play RB2.
Sep 18 - 4:36 PM


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