Tampa Bay rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams practiced Thursday for the second consecutive day, but he still remains questionable on the Bucs’ injury report with the foot and hamstring injury that forced him to miss his team’s past two regular season contests.
Despite Williams’ questionable status for Sunday’s game in San Francisco, Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden remains optimistic that Cadillac will play vs. the 49ers.
“I thought he practiced good,” Gruden said of Williams. “We’re listing him as questionable just because I think it’s the thing to do. We’re optimistic that he’ll play in the game.
“He was inactive for the most part the last three weeks. This is the first live action we’ve seen from him in some time, so we’re going to just kind of keep him as questionable but let everybody know that we are optimistic, we are encouraged by what we see.”
Bucs safety Jermaine Phillips (thumb) practiced and remains probable, but S Dexter Jackson will not play – he’s sidelined with a hamstring injury.
In other news, the Bucs will depart for San Francisco on Saturday morning. Gruden said Thursday that he sees no advantage to leaving for the West Coast on Friday.
“I like it better,” Gruden said of leaving for San Francisco on Saturday as opposed to Friday. “Flying into Detroit or flying to Minneapolis or flying to Green Bay or flying to San Francisco, you’re talking about a couple hours on the plane. We’ll move our meeting schedule up a little bit and try to get our players up there early enough to where we can get a good night’s sleep and go play.”
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