The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced division rival Atlanta Falcons Sunday where they lost by one point, 24-23. The Bucs had several opportunities to send the Falcons flying home but could not take advantage. At one point, the Bucs were at the 2-yard line and could not get in the end zone and had to settle for a field goal. That seemed to be the Bucs MO Sunday.
Before the game started, the Bucs had a blow. Starting right cornerback Eric Wright was out with an Achilles injury. His Achilles had been bothering him for weeks and he has not finished a game in the last two weeks. Undrafted rookie, Leonard Johnson started in his spot. Johnson has been impressive so far this season. In 11 games he has three interceptions with one being for a touchdown and 24 tackles.
The Bucs signed Wright in the off-season to a five-year, $37.5 million contract. There has been rumor that he will be facing a four-game suspension due to testing positive for Adderall. Monday, head coach Greg Schiano said that Wright will miss the next four games due to violating the leagues performance-enhancing substance policy.
This is the second Buc this season that has tested positive for Adderal. The other player was Aqib Talib who was later traded to the New England Patriots during week three of his suspension. The Bucs had several issues with Talib in the past but it seems that Schiano does not put up with that kind of behavior. It will be interesting to see what will happen with Wright. He will be available to return Week 17 when the Bucs face off against the Falcons again.
That is where the Bucs will hope to continue their season, in Atlanta. The Bucs will try to make the playoffs and hope to take back a victory.