Another big step forward came for Price in the Buccaneers' opener against Detroit, when he made two tackles, only one fewer than in his rookie season. His biggest tackle Sunday was wrangling the speedy Jahvid Best three yards behind the line of scrimmage near the Tampa Bay goal line. The Buccaneers wound up losing, 27-20 — and Price couldn't finish the game because of hamstring pain — but the former Bruins star was awarded a spot in the starting lineup for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
"I've always told him, 'You've been through a lot, you've worked through it, and you're going to become a better person coming out on the other side,' " Buccaneers defensive line coach Keith Millard said. "That's basically what's going on. He's fought through it mentally and physically. He's still not 100%, but he's well enough to do the things we need him to do. He'll get better and better."