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Friday, September 6, 2013

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2013 Specialists News

News and notes for Tampa Bay Buccaneers specialists in 2013:
  • K Connor Barth, returning starter, placed on IR with torn Achilles on July 17th
  • K Lawrence Tynes,  free agent signing on July 17th, placed on NFL on August 31st
  • K Rian Lindell, free agent signing on August 20th, will serve as placekicker this year
  • P Michael Koenen, returning starter
  • LS Andrew Economos, returning starter re-signed March 20th
September 5th: "Critical decisions such as whether to attempt a long field goal might be a little difficult for Bucs coach Greg Schiano early this season because he still doesn’t know newcomer K Rian Lindell very well. 'There is statistical information we have about Rian, and we’ve studied that,' Schiano said. 'But we still have to get a good feel for each other, because I rely on communication a lot with our specialists. When you look him in the eye, he either gives you those (confident) yeah eyes, or those (not-so-confident) yeah eyes. When I see those (not-so-confident) eyes, I usually say, ‘Punt team'."
September 1st: "Kicker Lawrence Tynes said he plans to file a grievance against the team after it placed him on the non-football injury list Saturday. Tynes, who is battling a staph infection, said he believes he should be put on injured reserve instead. 'This whole thing is wrong,' Tynes told 'My biggest emphasis is I don't want this to happen to any current or future player. I'm going to fight this thing as long as I have to, because this team should not be allowed to do this to players.' Tynes acknowledged that the Bucs have agreed to pay his $840,000 base salary, even though players on the NFI list are not required to be paid. But the veteran is unhappy that his NFI status will not allow this to count as an accrued season toward his retirement pension."

August 31st: the Bucs released the following players: kicker Derek Dimke, punter Chas Henry and long snapper Andrew DePaola
August 28th: "Perhaps put off by Bucs coach Greg Schiano's comments that Lawrence Tynes is 'responding well,'' to treatment from MRSA, the wife of the 35-year-old place-kicker took to Twitter and provided commentary and photographic evidence to the contrary. Amanda described what they're going through as a 'horrible time,' and said anyone who thinks otherwise is mistaken. 'I head my husband is responding 'well,' to treatment. LOL! He's NOT responding at all yet. This is our #bucslife'."
August 26th: "Lawrence Tynes returned to his home in Kansas City where he is receiving additional treatment for MRSA, an aggressive staph infection that is resistant to most antibiotics. Tynes' former Giants teammate, RB Brandon Jacobs, tweeted Monday that the 35-year-old kicker had received a PICC line — a peripherally inserted central catheter used when a patient is expected to get antibiotics for more than a few days. A PICC line can remain in place for weeks or months, in some cases, and lets a patient go home from the hospital and still receive IV medications."
August 20th: "The Buccaneers have signed free-agent kicker Rian Lindell to a one-year contract, according to a person informed of the transaction. The Bucs had planned kicker tryouts, but canceled them with this move. Lindell still could face an uphill battle for a roster spot: Rookie Derek Dimke has been impressive (veteran Lawrence Tynes is unable to practice due to an injured toe, according to the Tampa Bay Times). Lindell was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday after 10 years with the team."

Bucs head coach Greg Schiano on Derek Dimke: "Well, we’ve had one kicker in camp, basically for the entire camp, so he’s been doing all the kicking. What I can say about Derek is he’s done a nice job placekicking. With the exception of the one up in New England at practice, he’s been darn near perfect."

July 31st Punter Michael Koenen taken off the Active/Non-Football injury list

July 17th:  "The Buccaneers were forced to make a series of moves on Tuesday after Connor Barth, the most accurate placekicker in franchise history, sustained an Achilles tendon injury that will cause him to miss the 2013 season.  The Buccaneers signed veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes, a 2012 Pro Bowl alternate, filling the void at kicker quickly and with a surprisingly strong replacement. Barth will be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list."

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