The Buccaneers were close to a huge division win over the Falcons on Sunday. Not only did they lose, but they will be without two starters for the rest of the season.
CB Aqib Talib, who left the game with a hip injury, and C Jeff Faine, who suffered a triceps injury, have been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Talib tore a tendon from a bone near his hip but will not need surgery. He had six interceptions this season. Faine, an eighth-year veteran, suffered a triceps injury in 2009 and missed time this season with a quad injury. He has started eight games this season.
The way we see it
The Bucs lose their best playmaker in secondary and don't have anyone to replace that kind of defensive production. E.J. Biggers will take Talib's spot and he had a rough time of it against the Falcons. He's a decent player but nowhere near as good as Talib.
The Bucs played without Faine earlier this season, but the injuries are piling on the offensive line. He's a leader and they can't replace him that regard. They are getting low on depth at a unit that was supposed to be deep. Jeremy Zuttah should move to center, he was at right guard after Davin Joseph went on I.R. last week.