James goes down, Rainey pops up
Just when the powerful running of rookie Mike James was easing the loss of injured Doug Martin, the Buccaneers were forced to make another adjustment to their ground game.

With Martin sidelined by a shoulder injury that will require surgery, James gashed the Seahawks for 158 yards last week. The sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Miami plowed for 41 yards on his first five carries Monday night before injuring his left ankle toward the end of Tampa Bay's opening drive.

Brian Leonard replaced James and ran effectively before Bobby Rainey took center stage in the fourth quarter. Rainey, who played for University of South Florida head coach Willie Taggert at Western Kentucky, burst 31 yards off right guard, setting up his own 1-yard scoring run that put the Bucs ahead 22-19 with 10:19 to go.

Rainey was claimed by the Bucs off waivers from the Browns on Oct. 21. He played in six games with Cleveland, gaining 34 yards in 13 carries. Rainey originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Ravens. He played 44 games at Western Kentucky, rushing for 4,542 yards and 35 touchdowns.