Crowell tears biceps in preseason game

Updated: August 23, 2009, 7:14 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay linebacker Angelo Crowell tore his biceps in Saturday's preseason game against Jacksonville and will be lost for the season, Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris said Sunday afternoon.

Crowell was one of the first free-agent signings after Morris and general manager Mark Dominik took over and initially was viewed as the likely starter on the strong side.

Crowell, slowed by other injuries in offseason workouts and preseason, fell behind Quincy Black and Adam Hayward on the depth chart. Black now appeared to be ticketed for the starting job with Hayward and Geno Hayes as the top two backups at the outside linebacker positions.

The 28-year-old spent six seasons in Buffalo after entering the NFL as a third-round draft pick in 2003. He had his best season in 2007, leading the Bills with 140 tackles, two sacks and one interception.

Pat Yasinskas covers the NFC South for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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