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Faine Wants to be Back in Tampa in 2011

Center Jeff Faine had a tough 2010 season, and despite the fact he’s turning 30, he feels there’s a lot of gas left in the tank and that he wants to come back to the Bucs in the 2011 season.

Faine, who turns 30 on April 6, has missed 12 of the past 32 games. In 2009, he missed four games with a triceps tear. In 2010, a quadriceps injury shut him down for four games at midseason, and he missed the final month after another triceps tear. None of those injuries required surgery.

“Obviously, the last two years has been a little unfortunate,” Faine said. “I’m just trying to analyze what I can do differently, what I can do better, whether it’s massage or active release therapy (soft-tissue therapy massage techniques). But I’m exhausting all options to see what I can do.

“I think it might be a little bit of training. Also, I’m not a big partier. It wasn’t like I was tearing down my body. … It might just be a matter of taking extra care of my body during the week. We’re looking into that. I’m going to figure out how to keep my body in peak shape. Usually I work out pretty hard and stay in pretty good shape. That’s not the issue. It might be a combination of a little more rest and a little more alternative maintenance.”

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