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Davin Joseph Injury: Guard Tears Patellar Tendon, Heading For Injured Reserve

It turns out Davin Joseph's injury was worse than most expected as the seventh-year guard suffered a torn patellar tendon, effectively ending his season, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Initial reports claimed Joseph's injury was a torn kneecap, which would have sidelined him for about three months. Instead, the 2011 Pro Bowler will have surgery on Monday and be placed on injured reserve.

With Joseph done for 2012, the Buccaneers will have to begin searching for replacements internally. Ted Larsen stepped in for Joseph last night, but Tampa Bay also has Derek Hardman waiting in the wings as an alternate. It's always possible that the Bucs will search the market once the rosters are cut down as it's imperative head coach Greg Schiano finds an adequate replacement if his power run game is to succeed.

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