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December 17, 2009 @ 11:02 am
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Morris: Bucs Leaning Towards Keeping Clayton Out Of Sunday's Game

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Raheem Morris updated his team's situation in regards to injuries. Bucs TE John Gilmore and WR Michael Clayton missed practice again Thursday. Gilmore won't play in Seattle. Clayton's chances of playing aren't looking good. Plus, Morris comments on former Bucs G.M. Bruce Allen landing in Washington.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held practice for the second consecutive day Thursday in preparation for the Seattle Seahawks.

Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton (knee) and tight end John Gilmore (head) were held out of practice for the second straight day. Gilmore likely will miss Sunday's contest, and the Bucs are leaning towards holding Clayton out of his third straight game in an effort to help him recover from the knee ailment he suffered against Atlanta.

"I got to say yes to that," Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said. "We got to see what is going to happen tomorrow and Saturday, and moving on from there."

Should Clayton miss the game in Seattle, Bucs WR Maurice Stovall would start in his place again. Stovall has hauled in a career-high 20 passes for 289 yards and one touchdown in four starts this year.

"Stovall has been adequate. He's been out there doing his job. There have been no significant busts," Morris said. "He's made some plays. We are looking for more production from everybody though on offense, so you can't exclude Stovall from that mix."

Cornerback Derrick Roberson (groin) was limited in practice Thursday. Running back Carnell ‘Cadillac' Williams was removed from the injury report after missing Wednesday's practice for added rest.

Defensive tackle Roy Miller (ankle), wide receiver Sammie Stroughter (lower back), guard Davin Joseph (shoulder), tight end Kellen Winslow (knee), and linebacker Geno Hayes (hamstring) all had full participation in practice.

Seattle only has three players listed on its injury report this week. Wide receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) has already been ruled out of Sunday's game. Linebackers Aaron Curry (hip) and DD Lewis (knee) had full participation in practice on Thursday.

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris when asked for his thoughts on former Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen taking over the general manager position for the Washington Redskins.

"I'm real excited about that. Bruce has been one of the guys that has been integral in my growth and development. I'm real excited about him landing on his feet with another opportunity. He's got a really good organization up there in the ‘Skins, and I'm really happy for him and his family. I actually text him to told him congratulations and it'd be nice to use his house."


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