As the injuries continue to mount for the Bucs, Tampa Bay likely will be without cornerback Brian Kelly on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Kelly did not practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for the Titans game.
Linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee), defensive end Greg White (neck) and wide receiver Ike Hilliard (shoulder) are listed as questionable for Sunday's contest at Raymond James Stadium.
Kelly didn't practice with the team at all this week while nursing a groin injury that has bothered him since Week 1. The USC alum injured his groin in the season-opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks and will miss his second game this season because of it. Kelly missed the 31-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 and has been sidelined in three other games after trying to play.
Even though Kelly has tried to go, head coach Jon Gruden doesn't believe that he has experienced a setback playing on it instead of resting the groin injury.
"He could go I'm sure, he's just unable to go 100 percent," Gruden said. "We have to get him well. We have 11 games to go. The guys he is covering are 100 percent and when you are playing the cornerback position you have to be able to turn and run and get out of transition. We are going to try to get him well and get him back as soon as we can."
Cornerback Phillip Buchanon will get the start against the Titans and has been a solid contributor in the Bucs secondary in 2007. Buchanon has 22 tackles and one interception this season and led the Bucs secondary with 10 tackles vs. Indianapolis last week and is third behind linebackers Ruud and Derrick Brooks.
Gruden has been pleased with the production of Buchanon on the field this season
"He's been playing great, covering great," Gruden said. "He's been playing outstanding for us."
Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday for Tennessee, but he practiced Friday and is listed as probable on the injury report. Titans wide receiver Brandon Jones didn't practice all week, but is listed as questionable.
PLUMMER TO PARTICPATE IN U.S. OPEN OF HANDBALL Quarterback Jake Plummer, who was picked up by the Bucs in a trade with the Broncos in March, hasn't lost his competitive juices just yet. Plummer will be competing in the Simple Green U.S. Open of Handball on October 18-21, teaming with his brother, Eric, in the Open/Pro Doubles division.
Plummer abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL after Denver traded him to the Bucs for a seventh-round pick after the 2006 season. Even though he has yet to file his retirement papers with the league to make it official, the Arizona State alum didn't report to training camp and has yet to take a snap for Tampa Bay. The Bucs have filed three grievances against Plummer and are seeking $7 million in bonuses the quarterback received while playing for the Denver Broncos.
The Simple Green U.S. Open of Handball is the highest profile handball tournament of the year.
GARCIA GOES BOWLING FOR CHARITY Quarterback Jeff Garcia and his wife, Carmella, will host a charity bowling event for his Pass It On Foundation. The event will be held on Monday, Oct. 15 at Splitsville at the Channelside District from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., to benefit the American Cancer Society.
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