The Bucs received some bad news on Monday as it was revealed that starting center Jeff Faine will be sidelined for 2-6 weeks due to a left triceps injury sustained in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys.
The good news is that the injury will not require surgery so Faine’s season is not lost after the MRI showed that the muscle was not torn.
The Bucs did not take long in bring back a familiar face to step in during Faine’s absence. On Monday, the team announced that C/G Sean Mahan has signed with the club.
Previously, Mahan played in 88 career games with 52 starts for the Bucs from 2003-06 and also in 2008 before being released in the preseason. He joins rookie center/guard Jonathan Compass as the best options for the replacement for Faine.
During Monday’s press conference, Raheem Morris talked about Faine’s injury and when Buccaneer fans can expect their starting center to be back in lineup.
"There is no surgery required, it's…I hate to say it's a toughness deal with him because it's not all toughness, Morris said. “There is some time limit to it, but its a few weeks. It really depends on when he can go, when he can get that thing the right way. Not to say, 'He's really tough; he'll be back this week.' I'm not going to tell you that, that's not going to happen. But just a few weeks."
Morris was not shy in talking about just how big of loss it is to not have Faine on the field.
“He kind of fires me up, looking at him in the pregame, Morris said. “He fires me up looking at him in the game. You all know how smart he is, how well-prepared he is, how good of a professional he is. That's exactly what he is: He's a pro. He's a professional athlete and he treats his job like a professional. He teaches his room how to be a professional. That's a huge loss, losing a guy like Faine. Huge."
The team also announced the signing of DE Tim Crowder, a second round pick (56th overall) of the Broncos in 2007. Crowder had been released by the Bengals earlier this month after appearing in 19 career games including one start. During his time in Denver, Crowder registered 26 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
To clear room, the team released CB Kyle Arrington and DE Maurice Evans while also releasing P A.J. Trapasso from the practice squad.