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Bucs notes: Blount waiting to run

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 07:44 PM
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to carry his team’s workload this season.

It might be why his workload has been so light in the preseason.

Blount has rushed nine times for 19 yards entering Saturday’s game against Miami. Tampa Bay QB Josh Johnson leads the team in rushing with eight carries for 81 yards, while the Bucs have rushed for only 203 yards this preseason.

Conversely, New England rushed for 200 yards last week against Tampa Bay.

"We’re going to try to execute and try to do everything we can to get our running game started," Blount said. "At the same time, everybody has to still realize it’s the preseason. There are a lot of teams we haven’t game planned against. We just do what we do and do our own thing.

"I know I’m going to playing more. We’ll be way more involved and way more in tune when the season comes. It doesn’t really bother me much that we haven’t been pounding on people."

STEPPING UP

There’s a good chance Bucs rookie DE Adrian Clayborn will open Saturday night’s third preseason game lining up against one of the NFL’s premier offensive linemen.

Dolphins LT Jake Long, a Pro Bowler in each of his three pro seasons, has been activated off the PUP list and might make his 2011 debut at Raymond James Stadium.

Long has been hampered by shoulder and knee problems and Coach Tony Sparano sounds ambivalent about starting him against Tampa Bay.

"If he plays in a preseason game or he doesn’t play in a preseason game, it won’t matter to me,’’ Sparano said.

Clayborn, a first-round pick out of Iowa, has started both of Tampa Bay’s exhibition games at right defensive end, registering four tackles and two quarterback pressures.

The Dolphins are 2-0 without Long, outscoring Atlanta and Carolina 34-3 in the middle two quarters.

INJURY UPDATE

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he expects DT Brian Price (pelvis/hamstring) and rookie TE Luke Stocker (hip) to play on Saturday.

Morris said he expects Price to start and play at least one half, while Stocker is also expected to receive significant playing time.

"Stocker has been really fun to watch because he’s kind of that new present you get at the end of the day on Christmas," Morris said. "He’s a big a blocker type, but he also has some foot quickness. We’re starting to see the stuff that we fell in love with at the Senior Bowl come alive for him."

EXTRA POINTS

P Brent Bowden, a sixth-round pick by the Bucs in 2010, was waived by the Jaguars Thursday. …Morris indicated CB Aqib Talib (hamstring) may be sidelined for the third consecutive preseason game. …The Bucs have outscored the Chiefs and Patriots by a combined margin of 24-3 in the second half. …Saturday night’s matchup will mark Tampa Bay’s 12th consecutive local TV blackout.

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