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Foster (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

It's Foster's second missed game in a row. Without him, Dane Fletcher will need to step up as the replacement.

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Foster (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Foster dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's Week 2 game, so him being ruled out is hardly a surprise given the quick turnaround required for a Thursday night game. As a result of Foster's absence, Dane Fletcher will suit up at middle linebacker for the Buccaneers.

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Foster (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, Buccaneers.com reports.

Foster dislocated his shoulder on Sunday and is expected to miss time because of the injury, making Tuesday's absence from practice not really surprising. With him out, the Buccaneers will be forced to reshuffle their linebacking corp, adding to an already banged-up defensive unit ahead of Thursday's game against the Falcons.

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Foster dislocated his shoulder during Sunday's defeat to the Rams, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Such an injury will result in a lengthy absence, but the extent of Foster's time away from the field remains to be seen. As long as he's out, Dan Fletcher (four solo tackles and a forced fumble through two games) is the preferred option to man middle linebacker for the Buccaneers.

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Foster left Sunday's game against the Rams with a shoulder injury, and he will not return, Jenna Laine of FOX Sports 1 reports.

Initially deemed probable to return upon exiting early in the game, Foster was later ruled out. He had nine tackles (five solo) in Week 1, and added another two (both solo) before leaving Sunday's game. Dane Fletcher is filling in at middle linebacker.

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Bucs MLB Mason Foster has shed seven pounds since the spring in an effort to become better in coverage and quicker laterally.

Foster played at 242 pounds last season. In new coach Lovie Smith's defense, linebackers have to be fast and be able to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster has mostly been a straight-linish attacking linebacker since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. Foster will be on the IDP radar as an every-down player.

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Mason Foster is considered the "odds-on favorite" to start at middle linebacker for the Bucs.

However, ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas names Foster as one of three players who need a strong training camp. The Bucs signed Dane Fletcher in the offseason, and he has plenty of experience and smarts after playing for Bill Belichick the previous four seasons. DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern with Foster's ability to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster is a thumper.

Mason Foster LB TB 3 Months

Mason Foster is considered the "odds-on favorite" to start at middle linebacker for the Bucs.

However, ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas names Foster as one of three players who need a strong training camp. The Bucs signed Dane Fletcher in the offseason, and he has plenty of experience and smarts after playing for Bill Belichick the previous four seasons. DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern with Foster's ability to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster is a thumper.

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Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier recently expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage skills to remain at middle linebacker, but he showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster should also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use less dime packages.

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Bucs DC Leslie Frazier hinted the team may need to find a new middle linebacker, upgrading on Mason Foster.

Foster is an attacking linebacker who likes to get into the backfield. In the Bucs' new "Tampa-2" defense, the middle linebacker has to excel in coverage. Foster has struggled with that ever since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. He graded out in the bottom half of Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings this past season. Lovie Smith will be looking for his next Brian Urlacher.