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Buccaneers’ Pass Rush Hurting With Loss Of Adrian Clayborn For Season

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Adrian Clayborn, who led Tampa Bay with 7.5 sacks last year as a rookie, tore one of the main ligaments in his right knee against Dallas and was placed on injured reserve on Monday.

Head coach Greg Schiano didn’t give specifics, saying it was only “one of those three-letter deals.” The defensive end had two tackles in two games this season.

“It’s tough,” Schiano said. “Adrian is not only a real fine player, very productive, but also has a presence on our football team. He’s a great guy off the field, but on the field he is one of the tougher guys I’ve been around, so we lose that.”

Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who spent most of last season on Philadelphia’s practice squad, will replace him on the right side. The Buccaneers drafted Da’Quan Bowers in the second round last year, but began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a torn right Achilles’ tendon.

“I’ve learned in this game that regardless of who you play, every Sunday you’re playing against somebody that back there in their hometown, people talk about him like he’s some mythic beast,” Redskins left tackle Jordan Black said. “Everybody in this game is good. Everybody’s got a story. There’s no such thing as a bad player in this league, so you’ve got your work cut out for you every week.”