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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
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Bucs Hot Reads: LB Foster gets sack-happy

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Foster’s franchise performance

Bucs MLB Mason Foster not only matched his season high with two sacks in Sunday’s 18-17 loss to the Jets, he also set a franchise record for sack yardage by a linebacker in a single game. Foster’s two sacks for 24 yards tied him for seventh in Bucs history, 10 yards shy of DE Simeon Rice’s record set with four sacks against Washington on October 2003.

By the numbers

Last year’s 35-28 loss to the Saints at Raymond James Stadium last season marked a rare occasion on which Bucs QB Josh Freeman produced a passer rating of 100 or higher and lost. Freeman, who is 11-3 when he posts a passer rating of 100 or higher, completed 24 of 52 passes against the Saints for a career-high 420 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 115.2 rating.

Did you know?

The Saints’ Drew Brees is one of the most difficult quarterbacks to sack in the league. Since 2006, the Saints are the least-sacked team in the NFL, surrendering only 150 in 113 games. A year ago, the Saints allowed just 26 sacks. Only the Giants (20) and Denver (21) allowed fewer.

Quote of the day

“I’m pleased with the way they’re going about their business.’’

Bucs coach Greg Schiano, on how his team is handling this week’s many distractions

Injury report

For the Bucs, TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) is out; LG Carl Nicks (staph infection) and CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) are questionable; FB Erik Lorig (calf) and DE Adrian Clayborn (hip) are probable. For the Saints, NT Brodrick Bunkley (calf) is the most notable player listed as out.

Upcoming games

Sunday: New Orleans, 4:05 p.m.

Sept. 22: at New England, 1 p.m.

Sept. 29: Arizona, 1 p.m.

Oct. 5: Bye

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