With the exception of safety Jermaine Phillips Tampa Bay had 100 percent participation during Friday’s practice at One Buccaneer Place.

“Everybody practiced today, yes,” said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. “Everybody practiced, which is good. We needed the practice.

“I believe everybody is ready to go.”

According to Gruden, center Sean Mahan, who is nursing a shoulder injury, will start at center on Sunday.

“Well, he’s limited,” Gruden said of Mahan. “He practiced, so he’s probable. He worked out today so we expect him to play. It appears that all systems are go, unless he wakes up tonight or tomorrow morning and feels differently. I think he?s going to start, yes.”

There seems to be a chance that guard Matt O’Dwyer, who was recently activated, could see action if needed Sunday.

“Well, he’s on the football team,” said Gruden. “His game-day status will be decided probably on a weekly basis. You have that number you’ve got to get down to on game day. Obviously, depth is one thing and special teams and all those things enter into it sometimes, too. Whether he’s up or down this week we’ll decide after our meeting here this afternoon. We’re hoping he gives us what he’s given teams he’s been on: some thump, a guy who comes off the football and is a physical offensive lineman with some versatility. He can run and pull and be a factor.”

Phillips has not been placed on injured reserve, but he has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with the fractured forearm he’s still nursing.

“He’s making progress,” said Gruden. “It’s a serious injury, which we can’t deny. It’s not like it’s going to heal today or tomorrow. Whether or not he can play through the pain and play with what he needs to play with cast-wise is another thing. And we won’t know for another couple days.”

PewterReport.com has the latest Bucs-Falcons injury report listed below.


Tampa Bay


DE Dewayne White (calf)

G Sean Mahan (shoulder)

QB Brian Griese (hip)

S Dwight Smith (knee)

WR Joey Galloway (ankle)


S Jermaine Phillips (arm)



CB Jason Webster (groin)

WR Brian Finneran (ankle)


Probable: Player has a 75 percent chance of playing.

Questionable: Player has a 50 percent chance of playing.

Doubtful: Player has a 25 percent chance of playing.

Out: Player will not play in game.

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