2011 International Series

Bears Vs. Buccaneers: Tampa Bay's Late Comeback Falls Short In 24-18 Loss

After three quarters of listless play, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but eventually fell short in a 24-18 loss to the Chicago Bears.

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10 Things We Think We Learned About the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Heading Into the Bye Week

SB Nation Tampa Bay takes a look at the 10 Things We Think We Learned About the Bucs after the loss to Chicago.

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NFL Week 7: Bucs Vs. Bears Injury Report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in London, England, today, preparing for an overseas clash against the inconsistent and dangerous Chicago Bears. The Bucs may have the advantage in most categories over the Bears, but a healthy Bears team can present a wild threat to most any team.

Last week, the Bucs survived without the aid of running back LaGarrette Blount -- and they will need to do the same against the Bears as his "mysterious" knee injury (*cough* torn MCL *cough*) has him doubtful again in Week 7.

Fortunately, it appears the Bucs will have the services of pass-rushing defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, though tight end Luke Stocker appears likely to be in street clothes.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Michael Bennett groin 10/21/2011
Mason Foster ankle 10/21/2011

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Luke Stocker knee 10/21/2011

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
LeGarrette Blount knee 10/21/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cody Grimm knee 09/27/2011
Devin Holland back 10/10/2011

The Bears meanwhile, have a relatively clean bill of health. The explosive Devin Hester left last week's game early with a chest injury, but the injury appeared marginal and he is cleared to go Sunday.

Wide receiver Earl Bennett, who has missed several weeks, climbs to Probable for the first time; however, it would appear Jay Cutler has gotten on fine without his old college roommate, targeting un-drafted free agent rookie Dane Sanzenbacher 7 times in the end zone during Bennett's absence. Starting tight end and (recently promoted) starting safety Major Wright are both probable from injuries last week, but both should be good to go.

Rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi is out and has been out for some time, prompting several offensive line re-shuffles from the Bears. The line has struggled mightily in Carimi's absence, but last week showed glimpses of average-ness, allowing only one sack.


Chicago Bears Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Devin Hester chest 10/21/2011
Earl Bennett chest 10/21/2011
Kellen Davis elbow 10/21/2011
Major Wright hip 10/21/2011
Anthony Walters knee 10/21/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
J.T. Thomas knee 09/03/2011

For more updates, commentary, and analysis, head to Bucs Nation.

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