Tampa Bay Buccaneers rally to keep Indianapolis Colts winless

TAMPA — Josh Freeman threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and a score, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Indianapolis Colts, 24-17, on Monday night.

Freeman, who ran for a touchdown early in the game, scrambled for a huge first down on the winning drive as the Buccaneers (3-1) won their third consecutive game.

The Colts fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1998, Peyton Manning’s rookie season. Manning has watched all four games, unable to play because of a neck injury.

Curtis Painter started this one, filling in for injured backup Kerry Collins and played better than most expected. Painter threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, both long ones to Pierre Garcon. He wasn’t nearly as effective down the stretch.

Buffalo: Starting left tackle Demetrius Bell will miss at least a week with an injured right shoulder.

Chicago: Offensive lineman Chris Spencer has a broken bone in his right hand. Coach Lovie Smith said that Spencer will “hopefully” be ready for next Monday night’s game at Detroit.

Cleveland: Center Alex Mack was scheduled for surgery to have his appendix removed after arriving at the team’s facility with symptoms of appendicitis.

Denver: Despite the Broncos’ stumbling start, Kyle Orton remains entrenched as the starting quarterback even as Tim Tebow fans clamor for him to get more playing time. Coach John Fox reiterated that a change at quarterback isn’t the cure-all with the Broncos (1-3) coming off a disheartening performance at Green Bay. Running back Willis McGahee said fans calling for Tebow need to get over it.

N.Y. Jets: Linebacker Bryan Thomas is out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon after suffering the injury in a 34-17 loss at Baltimore on Sunday. Thomas is in his 10th season with the Jets and is their longest-tenured player.

2011 NFL Draft: Are the Indianapolis Colts and Anthony Castonzo a Match?


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Is Anthony Castonzo a shoe in for the Indianapolis Colts Draft Pick?

It’s been 13 years since Indianapolis selected an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft, and Tarik Glenn has long since retired.

With several solid o-line prospects figuring to go in the middle to late first round (Solder, Smith, Castonzo, Sherrod), there figures to be enough to go around for many of the tackle-needy teams that occupy that area of the draft.

Should they opt to take them.

Peyton Manning, who will be 35 by draft day (amazing), is playing through a transition period, in that there is a wide assortment of the offense is need of overhauling. The running backs under-perform, the aforementioned offensive-line is in shambles…but how about this one:

What does Manning do if the number one receiver spot is similarly vacant? That’s a reality Peyton’s never dealt with.

When Marvin Harrison retired, Reggie Wayne was able to step seamlessly into his shoes. Fact is, they’d been preparing that transition ever since Reggie walked in the door. But this time around, who replaces Reggie Wayne?

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“With a contract set to expire after the 2011 season, we hear that All-Pro WR Reggie Wayne could be playing his final season in a Colts uniform. Wayne, 32, is coming off a terrific ’10 campaign, but he has been adamant about wanting a long-term deal – not something the Colts generally do with players in their 30’s. Don’t rule out the possibility of the Colts drafting a wide receiver in April, with Wayne serving as a mentor next season.”

Wayne was drafted with the 30th pick of the first round.

In a year when they need so much else, could the Colts afford to pick his replacement eight picks earlier?

(Check out prognosticator extraordinaire Matt Miller’s . It’s very good.)

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