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Posted Feb 11, 2010 by Roy Cummings
Updated Feb 11, 2010 at 06:48 PM
By ROY CUMMINGS
TAMPA – Offseason surgery is a regular part of an NFL player’s life and Jimmy Wilkerson and Geno Hayes are among the Bucs players whose surgeries will likely force them to miss most, if not all, of the team’s offseason workout program.
Wilkerson, who started at left defensive end and is likely headed for free agency next month, had surgery to repair a knee injury in mid January. Hayes, the Bucs starting weakside linebacker, had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to a Brighthouse Network report.
Sitting out the voluntary offseason workout program, which begins in March and runs through the start of the last minicamp, is usually a precautionary measure, and both players are expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Hayes is coming off a breakout season, his first as a regular, in which he recorded 136 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. Wilkerson had 66 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Hayes is expected to return to the Bucs starting lineup, but Wilkerson, whom the Bucs have already had contract discussions with, may have to settle for a reserve role in 2010 as the Bucs are looking for second-year pro Kyle Moore to step up and possibly take his place in the starting lineup.