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August 25, 2010 @ 4:56 pm
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Stovall Unlikely To Play This Week

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Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said that wide receiver Maurice Stovall probably would not play this Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Bucs' third preseason game. Stovall started the first game at Miami but injured his ankle while blocking on a running play.

"Stovall right now he'll be day-to-day this week, but more than likely he won't play this week with that ankle," said Morris. "Hopefully we'll get a chance to see him in that last preseason game in Houston."

Morris was asked if Stovall could stay as the starting Z (flanker) receiver if he is not able to get back to practice and play in the preseason games.  

"It'll be tough with the competition that is going on there to maintain that starting Z position and not be able to play in the games," said Morris. "It'll be tough to keep it. He'll have to come back and fight, and we know he'll do that. We know what Mo can do. We saw him out on the field a little bit last year, and a little bit this year, but it'll be tough for him to maintain and keep those guys off his back. There are a bunch of dogs out there and one bone."

Rookie Mike Williams is secure as the starting X receiver. Lining up next to him on opening day could be another young receiver. Morris said the primary candidate to replace Stovall as the starter is second-year wide out Sammie Stroughter. Also in the competition is rookie Arrelious Benn, veteran Reggie Brown, Michael Clayton, and Micheal Spurlock.

"You got to bring up Sammie and what he's been able to do for this football team the last two years he's been here," said Morris. "You have to bring up Reggie, a guy that has played a little bit of X for us and now we moved him over to Z to compete a little more. Arrelious is a young wide out coming on very strong. He had a big block and got his first NFL catch last week. Michael Clayton has had success in this league, and you can't forget about Spurlock. Sometimes he gets lost in the sauce ... Those guys are really pushing at that Z position."
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