Brown's Reception Streak Ends
The Tampa Tribune, published 8 November 2004

Derrick Deese beamed as he rattled off all that the Bucs offense accomplished Sunday. He bragged about how well the unit ran the ball and threw the ball and how the offensive line protected and opened up lanes. His mood changed when he was notified of the one thing the offense failed to do - get WR Tim Brown the ball. After catching a pass in 179 consecutive games, Brown did not record at least one reception. His statless game ended the longest active streak and third-longest ever in the NFL. ``That puts a damper on this game,'' Deese said. ``It's one of those situations where it's really unfortunate that it happened. Now I wish we could go back out [on the field]. To have something like that end is devastating.''

Brown's streak began, ironically, against the same team it ended - Kansas City. As a member of the Raiders, Brown caught a pass against the Chiefs on Oct. 3, 1993, and continued to do so until Sunday. His former Raiders teammate, Jerry Rice, holds the record of 274 consecutive games, which ended Sept. 19 game against Buffalo. ``[Brown] is a real special guy,'' Jon Gruden said. ``It's a sad ending to a streak and hopefully he can start another 179- game streak. Who knows.''

Also for the first time this season, Brown wasn't needed on punt returns. With WR Joey Galloway back from injury, he handled the only Kansas City punt, returning it 2 yards in the third quarter.

Kicking woes (again)
Coincidence or not, Martin Gramatica missed an extra-point attempt on the same day his brother Bill missed one for the Miami Dolphins. Gramatica also missed his fifth field goal this season, a 46-yard attempt in the second quarter that sailed wide left. In fairness to Gramatica, the extra point miss came after a very high snap. Still, the Bucs kicker continues to struggle, but that hasn't cost him the support of his teammates. ``It's tough to watch him go through this,'' LB Keith Burns said. ``He has to know that we are behind him. Things happen. He's going to have his good days and his bad days, we just want him to have more good than bad.''

Lots of yellow flags
Joe Jurevicius was sick of seeing the color yellow Sunday. ``There was a lot of laundry out there today,`` Jurevicius said of the penalties called on both teams. The Bucs were penalized 10 times for 95 yards, the Chiefs 10 times for 97 yards. The numerous delays prolonged the game, which lasted 3 hours, 36 minutes. ``That's the way football goes, but I think the biggest thing is we remained positive,'' Jurevicius said. ``When something doesn't go your way, you've got to remain focused.''

Even more injuries
C John Wade was carted off the field with a left knee injury after the Bucs' first offensive play of the game. He will have an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage, but several Bucs officials said it ``didn't look good'' and Wade could be out for the rest of the season. He rejoined his teammates on the sideline in the second quarter supported by crutches with his knee in a brace. DT Anthony McFarland left the game near the end of the first quarter with a right shoulder strain. Gruden said they don't know the ``severity of the [injury] yet.'' Galloway suffered a left hip strain in the third quarter and did not return. Charles Lee, who was also questionable before the game with a knee strain, replaced Galloway. ``It felt good for a while and then it got a little sore, but I expect to be back next week,'' said Galloway, who was playing in his first game since the regular-season opener against Washington when he suffered a torn groin. FS Jermaine Phillips left the game momentarily after suffering a cracked bone in his wrist, but returned and made a game- saving interception in the fourth quarter. LB Shelton Quarles was shaken up momentarily late in the first quarter when he had the wind knocked out of him.

The Buccaneers named eight players inactive for Sunday night’s game: WR Bill Schroeder, RB Jamel White, FB Mike Alstott, LB Marquis Cooper, T Anthony Davis, G Jeb Terry, DE Josh Savage and designated third quarterback Chris Simms.