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KR Smith Expected to be Back from Rare Inflammation

Kick returner Clifton Smith didn’t play last night, but is expected to be back soon from a rare inflammation:

Buccaneers running back/returner Clifton Smith missed Saturday night’s preseason game with a rare sort of inflammation that has been likened to gout. It appears it’s not completely clear what is causing the inflammation in Smith’s knee, but it obviously is subsiding because the Bucs expect Smith to return to the field later this week. When Smith does make it back, it won’t be a moment too soon. He missed last week’s preseason opener, too, and he admits he’s in a fight to make the final roster just two years removed from his Pro Bowl appearance as a rookie. Smith is fighting off legitimate threats from receiver Micheal Spurlock and running back Kareem Huggins — two young players with respected return ability who also are progressing nicely as position players.

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