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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense26th84.0 (29th)234.2 (17th)
Defense22nd116.4 (19th)251.5 (22nd)

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Sims, Bowers, Goldson among Buccaneers probables for Week 13
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Buccaneers listed 10 players on its final injury report for Sunday's contest against Cincinnati. Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (knee), safety Dashon Goldson (illness) and running back Charles Sims (ankle) were the only three players deemed probable.

Meanwhile, the following seven players were labeled as questionable for Week 13: Linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring), center Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (hamstring), tight end Brandon Myers (calf), tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back), tight end Luke Stocker (concussion) and safety Major Wright (shoulder).

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Buccaneers LB Lavonte David returns to practice field
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David returned to the practice field on Friday, as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined in Week 12, reports the Tampa Bay Times. David is tied with DeAndre Levy and Luke Kuechly for the league-lead in tackles (116) this season. He has registered 10-plus tackles in seven of his first 10 games played.

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Bucs looking for 'the answer' for lackluster running game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Buccaneers have struggled to run the football in 2014, and coach Lovie Smith knows it too well. The Bucs have rushed for fewer than 100 yards in eight of their last nine games and rank second to last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (84.0 ypg).

"A defense can just tee off on you if you can’t run the football," Smith said, per The Tampa Tribune. "When you can’t run the ball consistently in this league, it hurts."

The Bucs did rush for more than 100 yards in each of their first two games. Since then, they are averaging 73.8 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry.

The Bucs are averaging 21.7 run plays per game, which is the second-fewest in the NFL. Only one time this year has a Bucs' running back carried the ball more than 20 times. Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo admits it might be time to change that, and get running backs Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey more carries.

"We haven’t tried that yet," Arroyo said when asked if the solution might be as simple as calling 30 or more rushing plays per game. "Maybe that is the answer."

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Bucs TE Seferian-Jenkins (back) able to practice Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned to practice Wednesday after missing most of Sunday's game against the Bears due to a back injury, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Bucs play the Bengals in Week 13.

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Buccaneers' Doug Martin remains confident in ability
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Despite being nowhere near as productive as his rookie season, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said he’s still the same player as he was when he entered the league, according to ESPN.

Martin rushed for 1,454 yards in 2012 averaging 4.6 yards per carry. The following two seasons after his rookie year have seen Martin deal with numerous injuries and his average per carry dip to 3.6 in 2013 and 2.8 this season.

While Martin admitted injuries can slow players down, he still believes his ability has not wavered.

"I do believe so," Martin said, per ESPN.com. "I'm very confident in my ability."

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