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Buccaneers Place WR Mike Williams On IR

J. Meric/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams will miss the rest of the season after he was placed on injured reserve Monday due to a hamstring injury. 

“Mike had a hamstring injury that he tried to play through, but he just wasn’t effective doing it,” Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said. “He’ll get surgery now and be repaired and be fine, it’s just going to be a little bit of a recovery.”

In six games with the Bucs this season, the 26-year-old Williams had 22 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
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Panthers Take Down the Buccaneers, 31-13

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The rest of the NFL just may want to start taking notice of the Carolina Panthers after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-13, on Thursday night.

After starting the season 0-2, the Panthers have proceeded to win four out of their next five games and are above .500 for the first time in five years.

Quarterback Cam Newton has played very well since the team's started to turn things around. Against Tampa Bay, Newton completed 23 of 32 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 50 yards on the ground, including a touchdown.

"I just feel as if my production is off a lot of other people's production," Newton said after the game. "If you solely want to say I'm playing great, it also means a lot of other guys are playing great behind the scenes. This is not a one-man show. I understand that, and I will not have that type of attitude."

Meanwhile, as efficient as the Panthers offense has been, their defense came to play again against the Buccaneers.They allowed Tampa Bay to gain just 297 yards on offense, and didn't score a touchdown until there was only 2:53 left in the fourth quarter.

Dating back to last year, the Buccaneers have lost 12 of their past 13 games.

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Panthers Not Underestimating 0-6 Buccaneers

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Carolina Panthers (3-3) will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Carolina is averaging 23.2 points a game and head coach Ron Rivera isn't looking past the winless Bucs.

"You don't count records when you play teams," Rivera said.  "We've got to play hard and play to win.  We're not going to overlook this by any stretch of the imagination."

Carolina's defense is allowing just 13.8 points a game and the team is looking to go above the .500 mark for the first time since 2008.

"Not only just being over .500, we're being 1-0 in the division, that's what really counts," Newton said.  "For us it's not only a game that's a must-win, it's even a must, must-win being a divisional south opponent."

The Buccaneers are still looking for their first win of the season and hope the crowd at home will help them.

"I would imagine it'd be pretty good," Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon said of the home crowd.  "It's a nationally televised game, night games are always fun to play in.  I would expect a great atmosphere."

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Giants Earn First Victory with 23-7 Triumph Over Vikings 

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J) --  The New York Giants are victorious at last.

Eli Manning threw for 200 yards and a touchdown, newly signed running back Peyton Hillis rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown and the Giants (1-6) downed the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 to earn their first victory of the 2013 season.

"The players and coaches have great pride in what we're doing," Manning said.  "We just had to keep going, get rid of some of the mistakes and play the way we need to play."

Josh Freeman struggled in his first start for the Vikings.  He competed just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception.  New York's defense was instrumental in holding Adrian Peterson to just 28 rushing yards on 13 carries.

"It was tough sledding. We couldn't get anything established up front," Peterson said as the Vikings dropped to 1-5.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars are the two remaining teams without a victory this season.

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Falcons WR Roddy White to Sit Against Buccaneers

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.)  --  Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with lingering hamstring and ankle injuries.

The four-time Pro Bowler suffered a high-ankle sprain during the preseason and injured his hamstring in a 30-28 loss to the New York Jets in Week 5.  He has not been able to practice all week.

The 1-4 Falcons will head into Sunday's game without two of their top playmakers, with Julio Jones already sidelined for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

White's impressive consecutive games played streak will end at 133.  He is the team's sixth-leading receiver with 14 catches for 129 yards.

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Vikings QB Josh Freeman to Start Against Giants

Marc Serota/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) --  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman will start Monday night's game against the New York Giants, the team announced Wednesday.

"Our anticipation is he will play well," head coach Leslie Frazier said.

Freeman signed with the Vikings last week after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team had originally planned to let Freeman sit another week in order to become more comfortable with the offense, but the team sped up the timetable after watching him excel in practice all week.

Freeman is familiar with the Vikings' offense thanks to his days at Kansas State University. He played for Ron Price while in college, who who worked with Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave when the two were at Virginia together.

"I took out my old books, and started going through, looking at some of the different principle concepts in the offense, the run game," Freeman said. "There's a lot of carryover to different concepts. We've just been grinding. Some stuff sticks faster than others, but it's been good."

In three starts for the Buccaneers this year, Freeman threw for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing just 45.7 percent of his passes.

Christian Ponder will be Freeman's primary backup.

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Foles Leads Eagles to 31-20 Win over the Buccaneers

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Their might just be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia as backup Nick Foles helped lead the Eagles to a 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-3 on the season while the Buccaneers have yet to win a game, as they fell to 0-5.

Foles completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards. He also threw three touchdowns, ran for another score, and didn't throw a single interception.

Starting for the injured Michael Vick, Foles has shown he can adequately run Chip Kelly's offense agaisnt a Buccaneers defense that was ranked fourth in the NFL coming into the game.

Running back LeSean McCoy had 116 rushing yards along with 55 receiving yards. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson had six catches for 64 yards, and scored two touchdowns for the first time in the NFL career.

Meanwhile, Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon complted 26 of 43 passes for two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Doug Martin had 67 rushing yards on 16 carries.

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Vikings Sign Quarterback Josh Freeman

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Josh Freeman free agent tour is over as the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Freeman signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the team.

With an injury to starting quarterback Christian Ponder, the team will see if Freeman can come in and inject new life into the team.

Ponder is recovering from a fractured rib, but was ineffective when he was on the field. He was completing 59.0% of his passes and had thrown five interceptions to just two touchdowns.

For Freeman, he finds a new team after a messy divorce from the team that made him the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He and head coach Greg Schiano clashed, and the relationship was unable to be salvaged.

The 25-year-old Freeman started three games this season and completed just 45.7% of his passes and threw two touchdowns compared to just three interceptions.

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Buccaneers Release Quarterback Josh Freeman

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Josh Freeman era is over in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers have released the embattled quarterback.

After benching him earlier in the season and unable to find a trade partner, the team decided to move on from the player they selcted 17th overall in the 2009 draft.

Freeman was in the final year of his deal, and reportedly never saw eye-to-eye with head coach Greg Schiano.

"We made the decision today to release Josh Freeman. We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt that this was the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers," Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement.

It was just a few years ago taht Freeman was considered among the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.

In 2010, he threw 25 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions. But in recent seasons, his touchdowns have gone down while his interceptions have gone up.

He was recently benched in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

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ESPN: Buccaneers Bench QB Josh Freeman for Mike Glennon

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Josh Freeman era appears to be over in Tampa Bay. According to ESPN, Tampa Bay has decided to bench Freeman in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

"This league is about finding a franchise quarterback, and with Josh's roller-coaster career, we don't feel he's that guy," a team source told ESPN.

The team is apparently making the decision now to give Glennon adequate time to learn and develop. After their game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, they enter their bye week. Head coach Greg Schiano didn't want Glennon to anticipate his first start for two weeks and overprepare.

After a promising start to his career, Freeman has regressed over the past few years. In three games this season, Freeman is completing just 45.7% of his passes and has a 59.3 quarterback rating. He's thrown 42 interceptions in his last 34 games.

Meanwhile, Glennon was the team's third-round pick in the 2013 draft. He was the third quarterback taken in the draft, and will also be the third rookie quarterback to start this season.

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