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Bucs SS Mark Barron revealed he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January, and still isn't 100 percent.

The procedure was done to repair knee cartilage. Barron should've been fully healthy months ago if it were indeed a routine scope. His Week 1 status is not believed to be in jeopardy, but the Bucs did sign insurance by bringing in Major Wright from Chicago. Barron was a liability in coverage last year.

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Bucs declared SS Mark Barron, FB Lonnie Pryor, SLB Dekoda Watson, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, DE Scott Solomon, DT Matthew Masifilo, and LG Carl Nicks inactive for Week 17 against the Saints.

Barron remains sidelined by a hamstring injury. Keith Tandy will get another start in his place. Watson is battling a groin issue. Nicks continues to be hampered by toe issues.

Mark Barron DB TB 7 Months

Bucs SS Mark Barron (hamstring, questionable) has been downgraded to out for Week 16.

Barron didn't even make the trip to St. Louis after suffering a setback with his hamstring injury last week. Keith Tandy will replace him in the starting lineup. Barron should have a decent chance at returning in Week 17.

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Speaking Tuesday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano said SS Mark Barron's hamstring injury is not serious, and that he should be ready to go for Week 6 against the Eagles.

Barring a setback, Barron shouldn't miss any time. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2012 draft is off to a rough start this season, grading out as just the No. 68 safety in Pro Football Focus' ratings.

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Bucs SS Mark Barron was forced from Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury, and will not return.

Mark Barron DB TB Jul 14 '13

The Bucs are anticipating a "big leap" from second-year SS Mark Barron.

Coaches and club brass are optimistic the additions of Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis will free up Barron to play more to his strengths as an attacker close to the line of scrimmage. Goldson will play deep safety, and Revis will take away No. 1 wide receivers. As more of a rover-safety, the Bucs feel Barron can emerge as an "accomplished big-play defender" in year two.

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Buccaneers safety Mark Barron is looking to Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson as mentors in his second season.

Barron spent a lot of time with Ronde Barber as a rookie, and credits the now-retired DB with much of his development during his first season. With Revis and Goldson now in the fold, Barron plans on tapping into the "knowledge they bring to the table," and says he's in a "great situation where I can learn." The second-year safety notched 88 tackles, 17 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception as a rookie. Expect Barron's play to improve as he moves back to his more natural strong safety role, with Goldson taking over at free safety.

Mark Barron DB TB Jul 01 '13

Bucs SS Mark Barron is expected to see more action close to the line of scrimmage this season.

As a rookie in 2012, Barron played deeper than the Bucs would've liked because FS/slot corner Ronde Barber was their primary run-defending safety. New FS Dashon Goldson will now patrol center field, allowing Barron to mix it up more near the line of scrimmage. It should provide a boost to Barron's IDP statistics.

Mark Barron DB TB Sep 21 '12

Bucs rookie S Mark Barron racked up 10 tackles and two passes defensed versus the Giants in Week 2.

"He has shown that he's a quality NFL starter," Schiano said. "He's made plays, he's covered one-on-one. He's been a physical presence. He's got a lot of room to improve, which is exciting, because he's done these things and he really can be a fabulous player." Barron and second-round WLB Lavonte David have emerged as building blocks for Schiano's defense.

Mark Barron DB TB Aug 14 '12

Bucs rookie S Mark Barron (foot) returned to practice Tuesday.

Barron missed last week's preseason opener, but he'll be good to go Friday against the Titans. The No. 7 pick is penciled in as the Bucs' Week 1 strong safety.