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Bucs Hot Reads: Run defense again among NFL’s best

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After leading the NFL in rushing defense last season, the Bucs rank No. 9 against the run in 2013. And once again, Tampa Bay is among the league leaders in negative-yardage runs by opponents.

Team Negative runs Yards

Lions 48 minus-116

Rams 48 minus-93

Bucs 47 minus-97

Bears 46 minus-111

Vikings 45 minus-112

By the numbers

46.9

Carolina’s third-down conversion percentage, second in the NFL to Denver (48.3)

12

Takeaways by Tampa Bay’s defense in the past month

1

Giveaways by Tampa Bay’s offense in the past month.

Quote of the Day

“When his number got called, he stepped up to the plate and didn’t have any fear in his eyes. He was ready for the challenge.’’

Bucs LB Lavonte David, on rookie CB Johnthan Banks covering Detroit WR Calvin Johnson in place of injured CB Darrelle Revis in the second half of Sunday’s victory against the Lions

Injury Report

For the Bucs, Revis (groin), G Carl Nicks (foot) and LB Adam Hayward (foot) did not practice Wednesday and G Davin Joseph was given the day off. LB Mason Foster returned after missing Sunday’s game at Detroit with a concussion.

Carolina’s top three running backs — DeAngelo Williams (quad), Mike Tolbert (knee) and Jonathan Stewart (ankle) — sat out Wednesday’s practice. DE Charles Johnson (knee), who leads the Panthers with 8 1-2 sacks, also did not participate.

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