Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — The locker room at Raymond James Stadium is so cramped, Bucs players gather in the showers before games. It's the only place big enough to hold all 53 players, fully dressed and ready for battle.
Tampa Bay TimesBucs coach Dirk Koetter is seeking the "California sweep" today, with wins at San Francisco and San Diego in the same season. In their first 40 seasons, the Bucs totaled just four regular-season wins in California — over the 49ers in 1980, the Chargers in 1996, the 49ers in 2010 and the Raiders in 2012 — as well as their Super Bowl win against the Raiders in San Diego in January 2003. So two in one season would be quite an accomplishment. Here are five other things to watch in today's Bucs-Chargers game:
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — Bryan Anger understands that fans still don't quote hang times like they do 40-yard times, and that the mere appearance of the home team's punter on the field will generally be seen as a negative in the stands.
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — The unspecified injury to Bucs starting S Chris Conte is serious enough that Tampa Bay on Tuesday signed veteran Major Wright to add experienced depth, waiving backup RB Mike James to make room.
Tampa Bay TimesBucs sack leader Gerald McCoy, who wore a walking boot out of Raymond James Stadium following Sunday's 14-5 win over Seattle, has said he will play against the San Diego Chargers this week.
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — Noah Spence was told his rookie season was probably over. In Week 4 against the Broncos, he dislocated his right shoulder and suffered a slight tear in his labrum. The options were to have surgery and wait until next year or endure the pain and wear a restrictive harness that would limit his range of motion but enable him to play.
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