The Buccaneers spent Monday preparing for life, or at least the rest of the 2007 season, without running back Cadillac Williams, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn patellar tendon he suffered during Sunday's 20-7 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Tampa Bay has spent the past 24 hours inquiring about availability of several running backs, including Corey Dillon, who is believed to be retired.

Dillon, 32, requested – and received — his release from the New England Patriots during the offseason. He is the Patriots’ record-holder for rushing yards (1,635 yards) in a single season. However, Dillon rushed for just 812 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns in 2006, which was his last season in New England.

The Bucs had not scheduled a visit with Dillon as of Monday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Dillon originally entered the NFL in 1997 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He rushed for 11,241 yards (4.3 avg.) and 82 touchdowns while hauling in 244 passes for 1,913 yards and seven touchdowns during his 10-year career in the NFL.

The 3-1 Bucs have the 8th-ranked ground attack in the NFL, averaging 137 yards rushing per game. While the Bucs could rely on Michael Pittman and Earnest Graham to fill the void left by Williams, they are also interested in adding depth to their running back position.

The Bucs are exploring several possibilities, including signing a free agent, trading for a running back or possibly even promoting 2007 seventh-round pick Kenneth Darby from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

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