The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added strong safety Dwight Smith to their injury report Thursday with a knee injury. Although he was limited during Thursday’s workout at One Buccaneer Place, Smith is expected to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
While Smith was limited, Bucs wide receiver Joe Jurevicius made it through his second consecutive practice without suffering any setbacks.
“He looked good,” said Gruden of Jurevicius, who has been sidelined for nearly a year with a knee and back injury. “He came back and was impressive. I think he was pain-free and confident, and you could see him gaining confidence.”
The 1-4 Bears will likely be without starting left defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who was downgraded to doubtful Thursday with a calf injury. If Ogunleye, who was acquired in a trade from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for WR Marty Booker earlier in the year, can’t play, Michael Haynes, a first-round draft pick, will start in his place.
“[Ogunleye] is a heck of a pass-rusher,” said Gruden. “And I tell you, Alex Brown out of Florida has gotten better, has a real good edge rush and is not afraid to go inside. The rookie that they took in the first round from Oklahoma [Tommie Harris] is going to be a fine pro.”
Chicago could also have a new starting quarterback when the Bears take the field at Raymond James Stadium to face the 1-5 Buccaneers. Bears QB Jonathan Quinn, who has completed just 52.9 percent of his passes for 280 yards and tossed one touchdown and one interception since taking over for injured QB Rex Grossman earlier this season, has been splitting first-team reps in practice with rookie QB Craig Krenzel.
“We’re going to look at him in the preseason,” Gruden said of Krenzel. “He’s a winner. If I’m not mistaken, one of the things that really impressed me about Krenzel is that he won a national championship [at Ohio State]. He’s some kind of engineer. He’s a brilliant guy, so he’s going to know their stuff and he’s going to have an edge about him, a competitive edge that you need to have to play in this league. If he’s the guy, I’m sure he’s going to be well-trained, disciplined and ready to roll. He is a physical talent, I will say that.”
PewterReport.com has Tampa Bay’s injury report listed below and will gives fans a complete Bucs-Bears injury update on Friday afternoon.
BUCS INJURY REPORT
DT Anthony McFarland (groin)
S Dwight Smith (knee)
FB Greg Comella (chest)
QB Chris Simms (shoulder)
WR Charles Lee (knee)
WR Joey Galloway (groin)
DT Ellis Wyms (shoulder)
INJURY REPORT KEY:
Probable: Player has a 75 percent chance of playing.
Questionable: Player has a 50 percent chance of playing.
Doubtful: Player has a 25 percent chance of playing.
Out: Player will not play in game.
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