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Tampa Bay cornerback Torrie Cox will miss the entire 2008 season with a knee injury.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden made the announcement after Tuesday morning’s workout at Disney’s Wide World of Sports training facility in Orlando.
"He'll be placed on injured reserve today and that's a big blow for us,” Gruden said. “He's not only a very good special teams player but was a guy that was going to be in competition for not only a roster spot but playing time. So we wish him the best and that's a big blow to us."
Cox, a sixth-round pick in 2003, was once a rising star in the organization and the team’s top kickoff returner. But in the past two years injuries have stunted Cox’s rise, along with a four-game NFL suspension last year for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
He suffered a torn ACL in the preseason in 2003 and played in four games last year before suffering another knee injury. He registered 20 special teams tackles in 2006, perhaps his best season.
Cox was also in the final year of his contract and was in a competitive situation at cornerback, where the Bucs drafted Aqib Talib in the first round and signed Patriots safety Eugene Wilson to play cornerback.
Gruden said the Bucs would make a roster move, but wasn’t sure when.
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