The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to have another dilemma along the offensive line. Right tackle James Lee, who has started the last eight games, injured his ankle in the Bucs 23-20 overtime loss to the Lions. He was limited in practice on Wednesday, but did not practice at all on Thursday.
Head coach Raheem Morris was asked about Lee’s status on Thursday.
“I don’t know,” said Morris. “We have to let him get ready and we’ll see what he can do tomorrow. I’ll have a better feel once I see him on the field. Right now he is not participating and it is just about the next man up – that is the mentality.”
The next man up would be former starter Jeremy Trueblood. The 2006 second-round pick started 67 consecutive games at right tackle for the Bucs until he suffered a knee injury earlier in the season. Lee took over and never gave the job back to Trueblood.
Morris talked about how Trueblood played last Sunday after coming off the bench.
“You know he played ok,” said Morris. “He had the one offsides call because he was a little rusty. We have to get him back into the flow of the game. It’s always hard to go in there right in the middle of a game. You have to have a pretty tough mental state to go perform well… but right now he has been getting every practice rep. He’s been a starter for us the past few years so I won’t be worried about the bright lights getting to him. He just has to go out there and do a good job.”
WR Sammie Stroughter did not participate in practice for the second straight day and is not expected to play on Sunday.
As for Seattle, DE Chris Clemons (ankle), MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee) and C Chris Spencer (shoulder) all returned to practice and fully participated. Seahawks LB Will Herring (hamstring) and CB Marcus Trufant (back) missed practice for a second straight day.
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