The Tampa Bay Buccaneers close out their preseason schedule tonight at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. in a game that means little except to those players trying to avoid this weekend's roster cuts.
The starters will not see any action, including quarterback Josh Freeman.
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In the first quarter, the Bucs defense opened by forcing a turnover on the second play from scrimmage. Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers picked up a fumble by Redskins running back Evan Royster, running with the ball deep inside Washington territory. Bowers got a little carried away, though. He tried to toss the ball forward to teammate Larry Asante, drawing a 5-yard penalty for an illegal forward pass.
Taking over at the Washington 19-yard line, the Bucs offense was unable to capitalize. Running back Kregg Lumpkin, one of several backs looking to be the backup to LeGarrette Blount, was stuffed for no gain on third and 1 at the 1-yard line and lost a yard on fourth down.
Rudy Carpenter, hoping to convince Tampa Bay to keep three quarterbacks on the roster, started the game.
But as the Bucs neared midfield, Carpenter's fumble on a blind-side hit in the pocket was returned to the Bucs 2-yard line. Washington took a 7-0 lead on Royster's 1-yard run with 24 seconds left in the first quarter.