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Bucs down another running back with Antone Smith out for the season

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 3: Running back Antone Smith #36 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finds room to run between free safety Ricardo Allen #37 of the Atlanta Falcons and defensive back Brian Poole #34 during a carry in the first quarter of an NFL game on November 3, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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If you’re a free agent running back, it might be best just to let the call go to voicemail if you see it’s the Buccaneers on the other end of the line.

The Buccaneers brought Antone Smith in recently to provide them with a healthy body in the backfield in the wake of several other injuries to members of the backfield. Smith’s run with the team is done, however.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter announced that Smith will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in Thursday night’s loss to the Falcons. With Doug Martin still dealing with a hamstring injury and Jacquizz Rodgers sidelined by a foot injury, the Bucs are left with Peyton Barber and Mike James as healthy options in the backfield at the moment. The team also lost Charles Sims for the year earlier in the season.

Koetter also announced that defensive end Howard Jones will also miss the rest of the season after hurting his knee and he surely hopes that things can only get better on the injury front from here on out.