Titans Vs. Bucs: Tampa Bay Gets Injury Scare In 30-7 Loss

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get ready for the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 of the 2012 NFL preseason.

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Titans Vs. Bucs Reaction: Its Not That Bad For Tampa Bay Right Now, Right?

The Tennessee Titans gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a definitive 30-7 thumping in their preseason home opener on Friday night. The Bucs have more questions than answers following the game, but fortunately for head coach Greg Schiano, his running back seems to be okay.

JC De La Torre of Bucs Nation noted that LeGarrette Blount was "walking on his own power" following Friday's game after suffering an injury on the field.

The first was seeing LeGarrette Blount walking under his own power and without a brace or ice bandage on his leg after a huge scare in the second quarter. We're not sure of the extent of Blount's injury but Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano said it wasn't a knee problem or broken leg as many feared after watching replays of the collision that sent Blount writhing in pain. It seems to be an issue around the groin area.

Unfortunately, that was the end of the good news. The Bucs looked mighty shaky in game two of the preseason. Josh Freeman completed just 4 of 10 passes for just 21 yards in five series. Freeman did throw a touchdown to Mike Williams on a 2-yard score in the first quarter, but Freeman was largely anemic.

Tampa Bay managed just six first downs in the contest and gave up four scoring drives in the first half of the game versus the Titans. The Bucs have stocked up on plenty of assets, but the time to execute will be here soon. Are the Bucs going to be ready for primetime? Or will this be another rebuilding session in Tampa Bay?

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LeGarrette Blount Injury: Bucs RB Groin Not Believed To Be Serious

Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting running back LeGarrette Blount was forced to leave the game in the second quarter of Friday night's NFL preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, a game the Bucs lost 30-7. Blount limped off the field and the injury was initially thought to be his knee, but it thankfully turns out the injury was a lot less severe according to Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano in a report appearing on ESPN:

"It's not a knee; it's more up in his groin area. He just got bent a funny way," Schiano said. "LeGarrette's a tough kid and I don't think it is something that will sideline him too long. But if it does, we'll deal with that."

Blount was injured just before the two-minute warning in the first half with the Buccaneers trailing the Titans 20-7.

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Titans Vs. Bucs Final Score: Tennessee Throttles Tampa Bay, 30-7

The Tennessee Titans scored a commanding victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they emerged victorious by a final score of 30-7 in Friday's NFL preseason contest. The Bucs put a touchdown on the board in the first quarter but Tennessee held them scoreless for the rest of the game.

Tennessee dominated in all facets of the game on Friday. The Titans as a team combined to rush for 216 yards compared to the Buccaneers 82 yards, and in the air, Tennessee dominated there as well, throwing for 125 yards to the negative-one of Tampa Bay.

But even with the loss, the Bucs had bigger problems to worry about as they hope the injury to LeGarrette Blount isn't too serious.

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Titans Vs. Bucs Score Update: Tampa Bay Trails 20-7 At Halftime

The first 30 minutes of Friday night's NFL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans is in the books and the hometown Bucs find themselves on the losing end of the scoreboard as they trail by a score of 20-7.

Josh Freeman is having a forgettable day under center thus far. While he does have one touchdown on a short pass to Mike Williams for the Bucs only score, he's just 4-10 passing for 21 yards. Tampa hasn't gotten much of a contribution on the ground either, as Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount have combined for 15 carries and 34 yards.

In addition to being on the losing end of the score, the aforementioned Blount suffered some sort of knee injury in the first half. No word on the seriousness of the injury or if Blount will return to the game.

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LeGarrette Blount Knee Injury: Buccaneers RB Goes Down

As the first half of Friday night's game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans comes to a close, Bucs fans are faced with the worst possible news as running back LeGarrette Blount appears to have suffered a knee injury according to Rick Stroud, Buccaneers beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times:

Training camp and the NFL preseason are when most teams get bit and have to battle the injury bug, but with Blount being Tampa's starting running back, it's an injury that Tampa can't afford to have.

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans: 8 Tennessee Players Ruled Out Of Friday's Game

The Tennessee Titans will be without several players when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night. That list includes tight end Brandon Barden, defensive end Dave Ball, linebacker Gerald McRath, offensive tackle Mike Otto, offensive tackle Jonathan Palmer and cornerback Terrence Wheatley. Wide receiver Kenny Britt and safety Markelle Martin are still on the physically unable to perform list.

Related: Buccaneers - Titans Preview: Five Starters To Watch

Friday night's game is scheduled to get underway at Raymond James Stadium at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans: Tampa Bay Players To Watch In Week 2 Preseason Game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 2 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans is only hours away, and as with all preseason games it's likely to feature a number of players desperate to make the team. It can be tough to tell who is worth paying attention to and who is likely to fade away following the preseason, so SB Nation's Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation provides a helpful guide to some players to watch who aren't starters.

They highlight both players who are succeeding, like defensive end Wallace Gilberry:

Of all the second-team defenders, one player jumped off the screen for me: Wallace Gilberry, a backup defensive end who played at the left side of the line. He looked especially good on stunts inside, and has the ability to play defensive tackle as well.

As well as players who are struggling, like safety Cody Grimm:

Grimm didn't look like the sure tackler he had been in the past, and missed two tackles in the game. He got playing throughout all four quarters, but lacked the explosiveness in the run game he had shown in his first season in the NFL.

For more on those players and other non-starters to watch, as well as to voice your opinion on all things Buccaneers, Bucs Nation has you covered.

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Titans Vs. Bucs: Mark Barron A Player To Watch

Rookie Mark Barron is going to be one of the players to watch when the Bucs and Titans face each other in Week 2 preseason action. Barron, of course, was out of last week's game with a toe injury and there are certainly questions to his limitations as a safety.

Barron is expected to be a force when Tampa stacks the box and he's known as a stellar run defender. But fans want to see him in coverage. How will he do?

Bucs Nation with your analysis right here:

The seventh overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft debuts tonight, after missing last week's game with a toe injury. The Bucs drafted Barron to be a physical, in-the-box safety who can stop the run, but still run in coverage. Barron's presence should be felt in the box, but the most interesting aspect will be his performance in coverage. Can he hang with tight ends and how will he do when asked to play deep coverage? Watch for the matchup with Titans tight end Jared Cook, which should be particularly interesting.

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Titans vs. Bucs: Game Time, TV Schedule, Injury Updates And More

First-year coach Greg Schiano leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into their second preseason game Friday, squaring off against the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium.

All eyes will be pointed at the various positional battles going on around the field for the Buccaneers, but many will focus on first-year safety Mark Barron's debut after the first round draft pick missed Tampa Bay's preseason opener with a toe injury.

Quarterback Josh Freeman will also share the spotlight, though it is unclear how much the quarterback will play during this preseason game.

Is a quarterback controversy brewing in Tennessee? Quarterbacks Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck are sure to each see time behind center on Friday night, but the coaching staff and the players have been tight-lipped about the race. Locker will get the start.

Game Date/Time: Friday August 17th, 7:30 p.m. EST

Location: Raymond James Stadium Tampa Bay, Florida

TV Schedule
Titans: WKRN Channel 2
Bucs: Blacked Out

Radio Schedule
Titans: 104.5 FM
Bucs: WDAE 620 AM

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Titans Vs. Buccaneers Injury Report: Mark Barron Will Make NFL Debut

The big news on the injury front headed into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason game with the Tennessee Titans is the NFL debut of Mark Barron. Tampa Bay's highly-touted first-round pick missed their opener against the Miami Dolphins, but he's expected to take the field on Friday.

In a conversation with reporters on Wednesday, Barron was excited for his first NFL game:

"I was looking forward to last week," Barron said. "But unfortunately, I wasn't able to play. Those same feelings are carrying into this game. I'm ready to get out there and get a feel for the game."

Barron was seen as a coach on the field in his time at Alabama, with Nick Saban reportedly raving about his football IQ to NFL teams.

The status of two injured players, CB Aqib Talib, who missed the Dolphins game with a hamstring injury, and TE Luke Stocker, who has been held out of the last two practices with an undisclosed ailment, is still unclear.

WR Arrelious Benn and CB E.J. Biggers, who have missed the entire pre-season, are expected to remain on the sidelines on Friday.

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Bucs Vs. Titans: Game Is Officially Blacked Out

Even lowering the blackout threshold from 100 percent to 85 percent this year wasn't enough to keep the Bucs game on the air in the Tampa Bay area, as the team has confirmed that their pre-season game with the Tennessee Titans on Friday will be blacked out:

All eight of their home games last year weren't available on TV, a rarity in the modern NFL, where many teams have waiting lists for season tickets that stretch back for years.

The good news is that a Tennessee offense headlined by Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker is hardly can't-miss TV. Chris Johnson, their star RB, was off his game for most of the year and he isn't likely to play much on Friday.

However, the inability to hit even the lower blackout threshold isn't an encouraging sign for the rest of the 2012 season.

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Titans Vs. Bucs In Danger Of Blackout

And across the mighty pennisula, the embattled Jacksonville Jaguars chuckle: there's a Florida football team in danger of a blackout before the NFL season even begins, but it's the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and not the woeful Jags:

Stroud also reports that the Bucs elected to take the league option of lowering per-game ticket sales to 85 percent capacity for blackout considerations. With the game against Tennessee still four days off, there's a chance the Bucs could sell the allotment necessary, but they'd probably have to do so before Friday morning to avoid the blackout, as the decision must be made in advance of the day of broadcast.

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Buccaneers Injury Update: Da'Quan Bowers Hopes To Play In 2012

Despite the fact that he ruptured his Achilles tendon in May, Da'Quan Bowers is still aiming to return to the football field for the 2012 season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik expressed optimism that Bowers would play this season, and that the team will place him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to begin the year, which means he'll miss at least the first six games.

"He's ahead of schedule in terms of his surgery was very successful," Dominik said. "His rehab has been very successful. The only thing we're doing now is limiting what he can do to try to keep him from overexerting himself because he feels so good."

There is undoubtedly a long way for Bowers to go in his rehabilitation from the injury, and a return in 2012 is not a guarantee for Bowers. Still, Tampa Bay's medical staff will continue to monitor him throughout the season, and hopefully deem him healthy enough to play at some point in the second half of the season.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp: Vincent Jackson Believes In Josh Freeman

Maybe Vincent Jackson is lobbying for extra passes come September, or maybe he's just illustarting how absurd it is for anyone to try and label certain quarterbacks as "elite" and where that line is drawn. Jackson told the Tampa Bay Timesthat his QB - Josh Freeman - is in the Top 5 in the entire league:

"We were a little more flashy as far as the names go (in San Diego), but I think we're just as talented here all the way across the board.'' Jackson said Monday. "We have tight ends, running backs and obviously, Josh Freeman, and he's a quarterback I think should be mentioned among the top five in the league.''

Most fans, analysts and even players wouldn't rank Freeman higher than fourth in his own division, but beauty - and passing yards - are clearly in the eye of the wide receiver.

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