Bucs lose special teams player Cox

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Bucs will be without special teams player Torrie Cox this season.

Coach Jon Gruden said this morning Cox will be placed on the injured-reserve list with a knee injury. Cox wasn't a real strong candidate to be a big factor at cornerback, but he previously had been able to stick around because of his contributions on special teams.

Veteran Ronde Barber is set at one cornerback position. Rookie Aqib Talib is competing with Sammy Davis, Phillip Buchanon, Marcus Hamilton, Darrell Hunter and Elbert Mack for the other cornerback spots. The loss of Cox could open a roster spot for a young player like Hamilton, Hunter or Mack, if one of them can stand out on special teams.