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Bucs News & Notes: Team Captains Named, Barber The New Iron Man

The Bucs team captains for the 2011 season, as voted on by the players are as follows: QB Josh Freeman and C Jeff Faine (offense) and LB Quincy Black and CB Ronde Barber (defense). For special teams the honor has been bestowed upon LB Adam Hayward. Freeman, Faine and Barber are returning team captains, while Black and Hayward have been anointed for the first time as team captains.

RB LaGerrette Blount  insisted all off-season he wanted to prove to the team he’s capable of becoming a complete back. However, G.M. Mark Dominik during his visit to PFT Live, said Blount will again share carries in 2011, but Blount isn’t going down without a fight and hasn’t given up on winning back the third-down snaps that will be split between Earnest Graham and Kregg Lumpkin.

When 15-year veteran CB Ronde Barber takes the field this Sunday for the Bucs. He will become the NFL’s active leader in consecutive games started. Moving ahead of Peyton Manning, who’s the current leader at 208 games and has been ruled out of the Colts season opener. Barber currently sits in second at 183.

ESPN.com’s NFC South Blogger Pat Yasinskas is reporting the Bucs lead the league in available cap space with roughly a little over $28 million.

Second year DT Gerald McCoy who did more thinking then attacking last season as a rookie said the defensive line played “robotic” under Todd Wash, but under new pass rush specialist Kieth Millard it’s kill anything in front of you within the scheme of the defense. McCoy went on to say, “If you’re not a Buc, you’re in trouble.”

A service will be held for Lee Roy Selmon at Idlewild Baptist Church on Friday, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the team announced that the entire Buccaneers organization – players, coaches and staff – will be on hand to pay their respects.

Jersey Number Changes
CB Anthony Gaitor has switched from No. 39 to 24
RB Allen Bradford has switched from No. 38 to 21
TE Zack Pianalto will wear No. 80
LB Zac Diles will wear No. (undetermined)

Tampa Bay
LG Ted Larsen (ankle) – full participation
CB Myron Lewis (ankle) – did not participate
LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring) – limited participation

DT Nick Fairley (foot) – did not practice
OT Jason Fox (foot) – did not practice
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (not injury related) – did not practice
CB Alphonso Smith (foot) – limited practice
DT Andre Fluellen (hand) – full practice
RB Maurice Morris (hand) – full practice

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