Tampa Bay free safety Dexter Jackson was held out of practice Friday for the third straight day, which means second-year S Will Allen will likely start in his place on Sunday.
If he does start against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, it will be Allen’s first start in the National Football League. Last Sunday, Allen filled in for Jackson, who injured his hamstring in the first half, by intercepting two passes in the fourth quarter to help Tampa Bay defeat Green Bay, 17-16.
The outlook for rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams is much better. Williams, who leads the NFL in rushing yards, practiced Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game vs. the Lions.
“He practiced. He’s still probable,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Williams. “It’s much like last week, as we said yesterday. He’s still got some soreness, but he did practice today and we expect him to play.”
Guard Matt Stinchcomb is listed as questionable with a lower back strain.
Detroit has several players banged up heading into Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay.
Lions FB Cory Schlesinger (leg) and QB Jeff Garcia (ankle) are out. Defensive end James Hall (groin), K Jason Hanson (hamstring) and S Vernon Fox (elbow) are questionable. Linebacker Teddy Lehman (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday’s game.
STADIUM GATES TO OPEN AT 11 AM
Gates at Raymond James Stadium will open two hours before kickoff, the Buccaneers announced Friday.
Fans will be permitted to enter Raymond James Stadium for Sunday’s Bucs-Lions game at 11:00 a.m. ET. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
Gates for Tampa Bay’s home opener vs. Buffalo two weeks ago opened at 10:30 a.m. ET in an effort to allow extra time for different security measures, including pat-downs.
Although fans are still subject to pat-downs, security found that there were no significant delays. Gates for all games for the rest of the 2005 season will also open two hours before kickoff.
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