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Mack Loses Appeal, Hamilton Promoted

Posted Sep 19, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Sep 19, 2008 at 01:56 PM

TAMPA -Bucs rookie cornerback Elbert Mack lost his appeal and will be suspended for this week’s game against the Bears.

Mack left his feet and went helmet-to-helmet with Falcons QB Matt Ryan, whose helmet was knocked off by the impact, in Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium. It was the second time Mack illegally hit a quarterback in three games. He was fined for a similar blow in the Bucs preseason finale against Houston.

Mack’s one-week suspension is without pay.

With Mack out, the Bucs promoted CB Marcus Hamilton from the practice squad. Hamilton may dress, but is not likely to see much action unless Aqib Talib has a re-occurrence of the hamstring problem that knocked him out of last week’s game, or some other corner goes down.

Talib practiced Friday, along with LB Derrick Brooks (hamstring) and DE Gaines Adams (abdomen). WR Joey Galloway did not practice, so his chances of playing look pretty slim, but Coach Jon Gruden said he’s holding out hope and will wait until Sunday to make a call.

Reader Comments

Por (Bob Arceneaux) on September 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

“Being the second time Mack has illegally hit a quarterback in three games - he was fined for a similar blow in the Bucs preseason finale against Houston - Mack was suspended without pay for this week’s game.”

Roy, you write that as if that’s an automatic suspension. But who has ever been suspended for that? Also, you make it seem like he sought out Matt Ryan and hit him illegally, Ryan was trying to make the tackle downfield. He’s not even a QB in that situation.

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Por (BigBucFan) on September 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

No big surprise here. Since when does a decision or call ever go the Bucs’ way? Hey Norv Turner, welcome to our world. However, Matt Ryan will think twice about playing defense next time he throws a pick. In the last week, I’ve heard Sapp, Brooks, & Barber all make reference to the 1999 call, that may have cost the Bucs & Dungy their first Superbowl. Refs may forget. The NFL may forget, but the players who get the shaft in big game, never forget. I remember when the Oilers had a call broke off in their @$$ against the Steelers. They still haven’t won a championship.

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Por (BigBucFan) on September 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If they call a penalty & then suspend/fine you, isn’t that Double Jeopardy? In the NHL you get a 2 minute minor penalty for an illegal hit such as boarding, slashing or high sticking. It becomes a major 4 minute penalty if you draw blood, knock out teeth, impale, mame or disfigure the opponent. With malicious intent, you get a game misconduct, but only a suspension if it is Clearly blatant with intent to injure, blidside, homerun swing to the face with your stick. There was no obvious intent to injure here & Ryan wasn’t hurt. It knocked his helmet(spelled it right this time) loose but it didn’t hurt him. He’d feel much more pain having a 300# lineman pounce on him on a Sack play. We got Buc’d.

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Por (Adam L.) on September 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The NFL is instituting a policy that all players must be cuddled or spooned to the ground.

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