The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the practice field for a light workout on Wednesday in preparation from the Seattle Seahawks, whom they'll face on Sunday Night Football.
Several Bucs players were listed on Tampa Bay's injury report when it was released on Wednesday afternoon, including fullback B.J. Askew and wide receiver Maurice Stovall (hamstring). Both players were held out of Wednesday's workout. With Byron Storer on injured reserve, the Bucs signed FB Jameel Cook to their active roster on Wednesday.
Other players were limited during the practice, including kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), running back Warrick Dunn (team decision), wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot), linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee) and guard Arron Sears (knee).
Tampa Bay has been without Galloway since Week 2 due to the foot injury he sustained vs. Atlanta. He returned to practice last week and head coach Jon Gruden said he had a good pre-game workout at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday. However, Gruden remains cautiously optimistic regarding Galloway's chances of playing vs. the Seahawks.
"I don't really know yet," Gruden said of Galloway's status for Sunday's game. "It is very much in question."
If Sears cannot play, Bucs rookie guard Jeremy Zuttah will start at left guard in his place. He started four games at right guard in place of Davin Joseph earlier in the season.
In other injury news, Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring) had full participation in Wednesday's practice.
Seahawks' West Coast Woes Seattle is 1-4 on the season, but the team is even worse on the East Coast. The Seahawks are just 1-5 in their last six trips.
The Seahawks' road woes don't stop there, though. Seattle is 3-7 on the road in its last 10 away games. The Buccaneers host the Seahawks on Sunday night.
That should be good news for the Bucs, right? Well, Tampa Bay is 3-0 at Raymond James Stadium in 2008, but the Seahawks are undefeated (4-0) all-time in Tampa.
But Tampa Bay, which can relate to Seattle's coast-to-coast woes as it has struggled on the West Coast under head coach Jon Gruden.
"Sometimes you feel like you should travel two days in advance to get acclimated to the time change," said Gruden. "But if you get bad room service, don't like your room, or your roommate snores it can drive you crazy. There are just a lot of uncomfortable things about long road trips. Five-hour flights – I don't know anybody that enjoys that."
Quote Of The Day Bucs rookie cornerback Aqib Talib on the Seahawks' depleted group of wide receivers, which has three members on injured reserve:
"We all play in the NFL and the guys filling in are NFL receivers. They have good receivers. They have Koren Robinson. Come on, now. We all know what he can do. They definitely still have weapons at the receiver spot and Seattle will come in here ready to play."