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Bucs lose seven players to injury vs. Falcons, including O.J. Howard and Adarius Glanton

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie tight end O.J. Howard suffered an ankle injury in the team's 24-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night and did not return.

Howard had a 30-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the first quarter, the Bucs' only score in the first half.

The second half took a heavy toll, too, with linebacker Adarius Glanton being carted off with a leg injury after colliding with defensive end Robert Ayers, saftey T.J. Ward evaluated for a concussion, and safety Justin Evans and wide receiver DeSean Jackson lost to ankle injuries.

Glanton's leg was placed in an air cast.

Tight end Cameron Brate also took a particularly hard hit from Falcons safety Ricardo Allen on a play that drew a personal foul for unnecessary roughness. He left the game with a knee injury but returned to start the second half.

Right guard J.R. Sweezy left with a lower leg injury that he sustained in the second quarter and did not return.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.