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Bruce Carter may be replacing Kwon Alexander at middle linebacker

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be starting Bruce Carter at middle linebacker, despite Danny Lansanah saying on Wednesday he'd take over for Kwon AlexanderThe Tampa Bay Times has an article out today noting the Bucs chose Carter to man the middle, with Lansanah staying on the strong side.

The Bucs signed Carter to a four-year, $17 million contract this offseason, but he promptly lost the middle linebacker job to fourth-round draft pick Kwon Alexander, and couldn't beat out Danny Lansanah at strong side linebacker. It seems the Bucs still feel Carter is the better fit at middle linebacker, though, and perhaps there's something to that: he did have five interceptions for the Dallas Cowboys last year -- but then, he played outside linebacker there.

There's a chance the Bucs go with more of a platoon look, though. While Lansanah's taken the bulk of the strong side snaps, Carter has gotten a few of them this year: he has 12% of the defensive snaps so far.

Whoever the Bucs go with, there's likely to be a bit of a dropoff from Alexander, who's been playing some outstanding football in the last month.