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Doug Martin Carries Bucs Past Raiders, 42-32

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) --  Rookie running back Doug Martin rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 42-32 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

"The way Doug's breaking tackles and having that top-end speed to make people miss is exceptional," Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman said.

Martin had touchdown runs of 70, 67, 45 and 1, and was 45 yards shy of tying Adrian Peterson's single-game record of 296 yards.

Josh Freeman completed 18 of 30 passes for two touchdowns in the win.

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns in the loss.

The Buccaneers (4-4) return home next weekend to take on the Chargers, while the Raiders (3-5) take a trip to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

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Aqib Talib Traded To Patriots

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots acquired cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just ahead of the 4 p.m. ET trading deadline on Thursday afternoon.

The Patriots surrendered a fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick in 2013 draft to complete the deal.

Talib, the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft from the University of Kansas, currently has one game remaining on a four-game, performance-enhanching-substance-related suspension. Talib said he took an Adderall pill without a prescription at the beginning of training camp. 

The Patriots hope Talib will plug holes in their pass defense, which has been one of the worst in the leauge. New England has allowed 281 passing yards per game.

Talib has 18 career interceptions.

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Buccaneers Place Guard Carl Nicks on IR

NFL via Getty Images(TAMPA, FL.) -- Already dealing with injuries to their offensive line, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has taken a big hit. The team has placed guard Carl Nicks on injured reserved because of a toe injury.

The Bucs announced Nicks will have surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot. The team has already lost one the NFL's top guards, Davin Joseph, to a season-ending injury suffered in the preseason.

This is a big blow to the Buccaneers offense and particularly to rookie running back Doug Martin. Nicks was in his first season with the team after he singed a five-year, $47 million contract. The 27-year old Nicks is considered one of the best, if not the best, interior lineman in the NFL, earning All-Pro honors last season.

Ted Larson, Jeremy Trueblood, and Cody Wallace are expected to be the final candidates to replace Nicks on the offensive line.

Nicks apparently was dealing with the injury all season but couldn't continue to play with the injured toe.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 10/25/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- MLB World Series Game 2: The San Francisco Giants shutdown the Detroit Tigers, 2-0. (Giants lead series, 2-0)

NFL:  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) defeated the Minnesota Vikings (5-3), 36-17.

Top 25 College Football: (14) Clemson (7-1) took care of Wake Forest (4-4), 42-13.

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Vilma Returns, Saints edge Bucs, 35-28

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes in the Saints 35-28 win over the Buccaneers (2-4) on Sunday. 

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma took the field for the first time while appealing a season-long suspension for his role in the Saints' program.

"Most people didn't, but it was a long, drawn-out process, and for good or bad, it ended up this way and I was able to be back on the field with my teammates. That was a great feeling," said Vilma, who finished with one quarterback hit but no tackles.

Brees was happy to see his teammate back out on the field.

"You could just feel how grateful he (Vilma) was (for) just the opportunity to get out there again, but also, just the intensity," he said. "He's just one of those guys, very vocal. He obviously knows guys very well, they know him, so his ability to say certain things at the right time and just provide a lift, whether it be just his productivity on the field or making a play, or something he would say, that presence was definitely felt this week."

Pierre Thomas put the finishing touches on the game in the fourth quarter when he rushed into the endzone to give the Saints a 35-21 lead.

Brees extended his NFL record for consecutive games with at least one TD pass to 49 in the win to get the Saints to 2-4 for the season.

"We want to get on a streak here. You've got to win more than one before you're on a streak," Brees said. "So now we've got two, and we want to keep that going."

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Buccaneers Cornerback Talib Suspended Four Games

(NEW YORK) --  Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended four games by the NFL for using Adderrall.

"Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription," Talib said. "This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano's help, I've worked very hard to improve myself -- professionally and personally -- as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I'm disappointed in myself."

Talib will not appeal the suspension which he will begin serving immediately. He will eligible to return to the active roster Nov. 4.

The former first round pick has 21 tackles, seven passes defended and one interception on the season.

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Chiefs' Brady Quinn Named Starter Against Bucs

Leon Halip/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will not participate in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thanks to a concussion. Instead Brady Quinn will start for the first time in an NFL game since the 2009 season. Head coach Romeo Crennel has faith in Quinn.

"I'm confident he knows the system. He's been with us," Crennel said. "He's as ready as he's going to be, and that's not going to change in a few days."

Quinn has been taking repetitions with the first team in practice all week and is focused on the Buccaneers.

"I'm still just preparing and staying ready," Quinn said. "One of the biggest differences for me is you get to practice more instead of taking more mental reps, so that's an advantage."

Ricky Stanzi will serve as the backup to Quinn on Sunday while Cassel continues to recover.  Doctors have not cleared Cassel for contact yet.

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Eric LeGrand Continues to Inspire in New Book

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(NEW YORK) -- Former Rutgers defensive end Eric LeGrand who was paralyzed during a play on special teams in a October 2010 game against Army at MetLife Stadium has a new book out titled, "Believe: My Faith and the Tackle that Changed My Life".

Since being injured, LeGrand has been working everyday towards his goal of walking again and joined ABC Sports Radio to discuss the reason behind the book.

"I put it together just to inspire people," LeGrand said.  "I really believe that I have a story that I need to get on paper for people to read so they can go out there and be better in their lives."

LeGrand was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano in the offseason and spoke about that honor.

"It was great, him and the whole organization they said that they've wanted to do it since he (Greg Schiano) got down there," said LeGrand.  "They knew this was my draft year and how hard I worked."

"When they did that, it really meant a lot to me."

LeGrand retired before training camp as a Buccaneer for life in order to free up a roster spot for the team.

In July, LeGrand received the Jimmy V award at the ESPY awards for overcoming great obstacles through physical perseverance and determination and for living by the Jimmy V way, ‘Don’t ever give up!’ motto.

So, what is one thing that he’d like readers to learn from the book?

"To look to me as a hero, a person that will never give up no matter what adversity is thrown at them," LeGrand said is the purpose of the book.  "I've learned through playing the game of football my whole life, dealing with adversity and taking that same time and not running away from it."

The book is also available as a young reader’s version, "Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand".

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/23/12

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) shocked the New England Patriots (1-2), 31-30.

The Chicago Bears (2-1) defeated the St. Louis Rams (1-2), 23-6.

The Dallas Cowboys (2-1) trimmed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2), 16-10.

The New York Jets (2-1) got by the Miami Dolphins (1-2) in overtime, 23-20.

The Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) surprised the New Orleans Saints (0-3) in overtime, 27-24.

The Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) outlasted the Washington Redskins (1-2), 38-31.

The Tennessee Titans (1-2) ko'ed the Detroit Lions (1-2) in overtime, 44-41.

The Minnesota Vikings (2-1) stopped the San Francisco 49ers (2-1), 24-13.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) sliced the Indianapolis Colts (1-2), 22-17.

The Buffalo Bills (2-1) bounced the Cleveland Browns (0-3), 24-14.

The Oakland Raiders (1-2) stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2), 34-31.

The Houston Texans (3-0) held off the Denver Broncos (1-2), 31-25.

The Atlanta Falcons (3-0) cruised past the San Diego Chargers (2-1), 27-3.

The Arizona Cardinals (3-0) flew past the Philadelphia Eagles (2-1), 27-6.

MLB: AL: The Oakland Athletics (86-66) one up'ed the New York Yankees (88-64), 5-4.

Game 1: The Minnesota Twins (63-89) downed the Detroit Tigers (80-71), 10-4.

Game 2: The Minnesota Twins (64-89) beat the Detroit Tigers (80-72), 2-1.

The Boston Red Sox (69-85) sliced the Baltimore Orioles (87-65) in 10 innings, 2-1.

The Tampa Bay Rays (83-70) shut out the Toronto Blue Jays (66-85), 3-0.

The Cleveland Indians (63-90) pounded the Kansas City Royals (70-82), 15-4.

The L.A. Angels (84-69) topped the Chicago White Sox (81-71), 4-1.

The Texas Rangers (90-62) downed the Seattle Mariners (72-81), 3-2.

NL: The St. Louis Cardinals (82-71) doubled up the Chicago Cubs (59-94), 6-3.

The Pittsburgh Pirates (75-77) crushed the Houston Astros (50-103), 8-1.

The Atlanta Braves (88-65) edged the Philadelphia Phillies (77-76), 2-1.

The Milwaukee Brewers (79-73) tamed the Washington Nationals (92-60), 6-2.

The New York Mets (69-83) hooked the Miami Marlins (66-87), 3-2.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (77-75) caged the Colorado Rockies (58-94), 10-7.

The San Diego Padres (73-80) handled the San Francisco Giants (89-64), 6-4.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (79-74) took care of the Cincinnati Reds (92-61), 5-3.

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin took home the checkered flag at New Hampshire in the Sprint Cup race.

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Key Giants Players To Miss Game Against Panthers

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants will be without key players on offense for Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was downgraded from questionable to out due to a foot injury.  He did not practice all week.

The current NFC offensive player of the week had 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown in a Week Two win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ahmad Bradshaw, right tackle David Diehl and wide receiver Dominik Hixon will also miss Thursday's game with various injuries suffered in the win over Tampa Bay.

Bradshaw suffered a neck injury in the second quarter of the game against the Buccaneers and did not return.  Diehl injured the MCL in his right knee and Hixon suffered a concussion. 

The short week of practice played a role in the decision to sit them.

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