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Buccaneers Suffer Huge Blow in Losing Guard David Joseph

The Buccaneers will be on the lookout for a guard, as today the team announced that Davin Joseph, their Pro Bowl guard and respected team leader will miss the 2012 season.

Joseph, who suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter of the Buccaneers’ 30-28 win over New England on Friday night, will have surgery on Monday to repair the damage to his patellar tendon. He will be placed on injured reserve, which means he will not be eligible to return to the active roster this season.

Joseph’s injury put something of a pall on an otherwise very encouraging night at Raymond James Stadium on Friday night, in part because he’s one of the team’s most effective players and in part because he is very popular in the locker room. Joseph has been a starter since his rookie year in 2006, has been to two Pro Bowls and was considered a key part of what the Bucs believed would be a dominant offensive line. However, Head Coach Greg Schiano and his team don’t have the luxury of dwelling on the loss for long.

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