Season's end comes early for Barber
Through 225 games, more than any Buccaneer player in franchise history, CB Ronde Barber never finished a game the way he did Sunday's loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

He stood on the sideline wearing street clothes after a forearm injury and a subsequent order from coach Raheem Morris.

"In all my 15 years and however many games I've played here, I've never done that before,'' said Barber, who passed former linebacker Derrick Brooks on Sunday for most games played in franchise history. "But with the game out of hand and (the injury), he just told me to shut it down.''

It's not the way Barber wants to end his career. He wasn't ready to say what his plans are for 2012, though it's easy to know which way he's leaning.

"I want to go out like Michael Strahan,'' Barber said of the former Giants defensive end who retired after winning a Super Bowl in 2008. "So, I don't know if this is the last chapter. I'd much rather have something to celebrate than something to lament at the end.''

About the writer
Roy Cummings has been The Tampa Tribune's primary Buccaneer beat writer for many years now and has a knowledge of the current players that is unsurpassed amongst local reporters. He also appears on Channel 8's news broadcasts on stories about the Bucs. He came to London with the Buccaneers in 2009 and was at Richmond Park to be part of the Bucs UK's most memorable day when the club took on the UK Patriots at touch football in front of many Bucs alumni and club officials.