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February 16. 2013 7:42PM
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Buccaneers
Joseph out for season

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Davin Joseph has a torn right patellar tendon and will undergo surgery that will sideline him for the entire season.


The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured during the second quarter of Friday night's 30-28 preseason victory over New England when a teammate blocked a Patriots lineman into the back of Joseph's knee.


Reserve Ted Larsen replaced Joseph at right guard against the Patriots, however coach Greg Schiano was not ready Saturday to declare the third-year pro will start the regular season opener.


Joseph is the leader of an offensive line that's considered one of the strongest assets of a team that went 4-12 and ended last season on a 10-game losing streak.


Jaguars
Monroe, Smith return

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Left tackle Eugene Monroe and linebacker Daryl Smith are back at practice for the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Both players returned Saturday and are expected to play in Thursday night's preseason finale against Atlanta.


Monroe missed the past two exhibition games after sustaining a concussion in practice. Coach Mike Mularkey says Monroe passed his concussion test Friday and was cleared to practice. He was working with the starting unit Saturday. Guard Will Rackley also was back in a limited capacity after missing much of training camp with a high-ankle sprain.


Like Rackley, Smith missed all three preseason games. He injured his groin early this month.


Also, Mularkey says defensive end George Selvie (knee) and tight end Zach Miller (calf) will be out at least a couple of weeks.


Titans
Pass rush showing signs of steady improvement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans safety Michael Griffin says Tennessee's defense did a "pretty good job" in their big tuneup for the regular season. He is being a bit modest.


The Titans finished their third preseason game with four sacks, helped force five turnovers, had eight tackles for loss and 10 hits on quarterbacks. Their performance had coach Mike Munchak using words like "awesome" and "dominated" and a little worried for Arizona's quarterbacks in a 32-27 win Thursday night.


Now if the Titans can carry this stifling defense into the regular season, they will have accomplished their biggest offseason mission of creating a pass rush after having only 28 sacks last season.


Griffin says the main thing going into the season is being more consistent and creating turnovers.


Dolphins
Tannehill's supporting cast is looking a little bit shaky

DAVIE, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill's biggest problem as a rookie may be his supporting case.


The Miami Dolphins quarterback went 11 for 27 for 112 yards and one interception Friday night in a 23-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and he had little help on offense.


The Dolphins dropped seven passes, including four thrown by Tannehill, one of which would have been a touchdown. Pass protection wasn't in sure hands, either — Tannehill was sacked once and hit several other times. Defense is expected to be the Dolphins' strength, and the first-teamers held Atlanta's high-powered attack without a touchdown. But the first-team offense has produced only 10 points while playing about five quarters through three exhibition games, all defeats.


-- The Associated Press




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