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Anthony Gaitor set to make 2012 debut for Buccaneers

The second-year cornerback from Florida International is set to make his first appearance for the Bucs this weekend.

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It's been a long year for Anthony Gaitor. The second-year cornerback and former Florida International Panther hasn't played a snap for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season because of a hamstring injury. With injuries and trades decimating the Buccaneers secondary and Gaitor finally getting healthy, he could play in his first game of 2012 this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bucs are hurting in the secondary with Aqib Talib traded to the New England Patriots and cornerback Eric Wright suspended. Cornerback LeQuan Lewis is dealing with a knee injury he sustained against the Denver Broncos and he could miss this Sunday's game against the Eagles. Head coach Greg Schiano said Gaitor would likely get most of his time in the team's nickel packages.

The 2011 seventh-round pick played in eight games for the Buccaneers last season, recording just five tackles. He'll get his shot to rack up more takedowns when the Bucs kickoff against the Eagles at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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