Although he made significant progress during the offseason and is considered ahead of schedule, Buccaneers running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams likely will be placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
Like his teammates, Williams will undergo a physical when he reports to Celebration Hotel for the start of camp on Friday.
However, the torn patellar tendon Williams sustained in Week 4 of the 2007 regular season likely will keep the 2005 first-round draft pick and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year out of action for several more weeks.
Several players, including Earnest Graham, Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett, will compete at running back while Williams continues to rehab his surgically-repaired knee.
But the Bucs remain optimistic that Williams will play for the team at some point in 2008.
"He's the one guy that probably is most likely to start out on the PUP, but his work and effort in rehabilitating his injury has been very inspirational to everybody," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said. "He is exactly what we had hoped we would get when we drafted him. He's one of the finest, hardest-working football players you'll ever see.
"Not only are we watching Cadillac closely, but we're rooting for him."
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