Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris could be without some key players as he continues to seek his first win as a head coach. Morris will start quarterback Josh Johnson in his first NFL game, and it is highly likely that Johnson will be without starting center Jeff Faine, and potentially more offensive linemen.
"Changes today in the injury report," said Morris. "(Guard) Marcus Johnson limited practice, a little bit of an ankle, and (guard) Jeremy Zuttah limited in practice a little bit of a hip. Other than that everybody remains the same, and everybody is the same status as yesterday."
Tampa Bay defensive end Gaines Adams was held out of practice Thursday for the second straight day. He is nursing a groin injury he sustained vs. the New York Giants last Sunday.
"I've played through some injuries before, but with the groin it can get very serious, so we have to be careful," said Adams. "It's not like a shoulder or anything like that. It's dealing with my legs, and I use them on every play. We don't want to strain it more or tear it."
Should Adams not be able to play vs. the Washington Redskins, Stylez G. White would start in his place at right defensive end according to Morris. However, Adams believes his chances of playing Sunday are "pretty good." If White does start the Bucs will rotate the other defensive ends around to keep the players fresh. Starting left defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson could see some snaps at right end as well.
"Jimmy has done some right stuff before for us," Morris said. "When [Tim] Crowder comes in and plays a little left for us like he's been doing you can sneak Jimmy over for a couple of the reps. I don't think that our Allen Iverson, Stylez G. White, can go 60 or 70 snaps over there."
In addition to Adams, Faine (triceps), quarterback Byron Leftwich (hip), defensive end Kyle Moore (knee), wide receiver Antonio Bryant (knee) and running back Derrick Ward (knee) were also held out of Thursday's practice. Faine and Moore are highly unlikely to play against Washington on Sunday. Although both players could be back a game or two after the Redskins.
"[Ward] is doing fine. He was in the training room today," Morris said. "I'm not real sure what the changes are, I don't have any changes from yesterday. I guess I'll have to get back to you tomorrow."
Wide receiver Maurice Stovall (knee), cornerback Torrie Cox (ankle), running back Earnest Graham (hamstring), defensive tackle Roy Miller (ankle), running back Cadillac Williams (knee) and RB/return specialist Clifton Smith (quad) practiced Thursday.
The Washington Redskins had the following players not participate in practice: defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (glute), running back Clinton Portis (calf), defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (knee), and fullback Mike Sellers (thigh). Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (thigh), cornerback Carlos Rogers (ankle), and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (ankle) were full participation on Thursday.