Injuries mount on both sides
The Bucs didn't get any breaks with injuries. WR Michael Clayton sprained his left knee on the Bucs' first possession. Clayton, while engaged with and blocking a defender, had an offensive lineman fall on him from the side. That impact twisted his knee awkwardly and prevented him from returning. He will be examined further today.
"I don't think anything's torn because it eventually felt a little better," Clayton said. "I tried to shake it off, but I couldn't go."
Meanwhile, things got messy in the secondary. CB Aqib Talib went down with a hamstring injury. He tried stretching it out but was unable to run, he said. That forced little-known CB Derrick Roberson and already-injured CB Elbert Mack (ankle) onto the field for the Falcons' winning drive.
Backup CB Torrie Cox, who started as the nickel back, was carted off the field with a hip injury, but no details were available.
P Dirk Johnson injured a hamstring on a failed fake punt in the fourth quarter and will require more medical attention this week.
Finally, DE Stylez White suffered a hand injury of undetermined severity, but X-rays didn't appear to reveal any broken bones. He'll be looked at today as well.
The St.Petersburg Times 30 November 2009