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Marcus Mariota won't play vs. Falcons in Week 7 -
Marcus Mariota suffered a knee sprain when he was hit low by Dolphins DE Olivier Vernon in Week 6.

Jay Gruden’s loyalty to Kirk Cousins is costing Washington wins -
Kirk Cousins is not playing very well, but Jay Gruden insists he'll be fine. That's going to hurt Washington's season. And we've got the numbers to prove it.

Remember when the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry meant something? -
Trouncing their once proud rivals may prove to be just what the Seahawks needed to regain their footing. As for the 49ers, they could be in for yet another year of big changes.

Maybe Colin Kaepernick could run more? No, that's dumb. -
Colin Kaepernick is bad. He is a bad QB who is bad at his job. Maybe if they let him do the stuff that he's good at, he could be better. On the other hand, no that would never work. Too obvious.

5 Buccaneers to Watch vs. Redskins
Five players to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers take on the Redskins on Sunday.

Banks, Stocker Near Their Returns
CB Johnthan Banks and TE Luke Stocker were among several Buccaneers who came out of the bye week in better health and appear ready to return to action on Sunday in Washington.

Coach's Corner: Washington Redskins
Coach Lovie Smith chats with Scott Smith about the benefits of coming off a bye week, as well as what he expects from the Buccaneers during the final stretch of the season.

SR's Fab 5: Continuity Struggles In Bucs Secondary; Red Zone Woes | Pewter Report
SR's Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds.

Bucs to run into ex-teammates Dashon Goldson, Mason Foster on Sunday - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay's trip to face Washington on Sunday will be a reunion of sorts for some players.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith inspired by Randy Moss - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith shares the inspirations and discoveries he encountered along his football journey.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers newcomer Howard Jones eager to build on NFL debut - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
An undrafted free agent from a Division II school, Howard Jones impressed in his NFL debut and is looking to learn as much as he can with the Bucs.

With DT McDaniel ailing, Bucs may activate Spence from PUP list | and The Tampa Tribune

Bucs Hot Reads: Memories of 2012 Outback Bowl | and The Tampa Tribune

Jackson: Lots of time for Bucs to catch up in NFC South | and The Tampa Tribune

Bucs vs. Washington Scouting Report, Week 7: Drama in D.C.? | Tampa Bay Times
No matter how much people demand it, change never comes to D.C. The faces change, sure, but the hallmarks of professional football in Washington remain: disappointing quarterback play, a head coach on the hot seat and a steadfast refusal to alter a team nickname that many argue is offensive.

Bucs get strong mileage out of running back tandem (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
History will determine whether the only false step made this season involving Doug Martin was the Bucs' decision not to pick up his fifth-year option worth $5.6 million. They could pivot like their elusive running back and try to sign him to a contract extension and prevent him from becoming a free agent.

Evan Smith injury provides opening for Bucs' Joe Hawley | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — As Friday's morning practice started, Bucs coach Lovie Smith stood alone near midfield with center Evan Smith, who was dressed in full gear and is working his way back from an ankle injury that has sidelined him the past three games.