The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some key players that are banged up and are going to be game time decisions. Head coach Raheem Morris is seeking his first win as a head coach when the Bucs go to play the Washington Redskins on Sunday. There will be a few game time decisions regarding some key Buccaneers.
"As far as injuries, the questionable guys are: Gaines Adams (groin), Byron Leftwich (hip), Derrick Ward (knee), and Antonio Bryant (knee)," said Morris. "The guys that are out are Jeff Faine (triceps) and Kyle Moore (knee)."
Some of the questionable players that are ruled out after Saturday's walkthrough could be kept in Tampa and not make the trip to Washington. Morris was asked if he would be shocked if Ward played on Sunday after missing all of practice this week.
"Derrick Ward did not participate," said Morris. "It wouldn't necessarily be a shocker just because he was out here for all the walkthroughs and looked at everything. He's been here for the last couple of months. It wouldn't be a shocker. I wouldn't go that far, but it is what it is."
Ward said that his injured knee is improving daily, and his knee is just sore. In three games as a Buccaneer, Ward has rushed for 96 yards on 26 carries (3.7 average) and one touchdown.
"I'm feeling better, it is just a wait-and-see for me tomorrow," Ward said.
Adams thought he was likely to play earlier in the week, and was able to have limited participation in practice on Friday after not practicing the previous two days. The third-year defensive end has come under criticism this season, and Morris said earlier that if his play did not pick up Adams could be moved out of the starting lineup. If Adams plays but doesn't start on Sunday, Morris said it would be because of the groin injury.
"I'm not saying he won't start, if he doesn't start you don't have to write it is because I benched him, it is because of the injury and limited practice this week," said Morris.
Last week wide receiver Bryant (knee) returned to game action after missing the Week 2 contest at Buffalo. Bryant had two receptions for 29 yards in Week 1 against Dallas. In the third game of the season against the New York Giants, Bryant had one catch for six yards.
"Antonio [Bryant] will be a game time decision again this week," said Morris. "I think he'll be a game time for a little bit until he is completely right. He played last week,
On the official injury report for Sunday's game the Buccaneers had a number of players listed as probable: kicker Mike Nugent (left quad), fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring), guard Jeremy Zuttah (hip), guard Marcus Johnson (ankle), running back Carnell Williams (knee), running back Clifton Smith (quad), defensive tackle Roy Miller (ankle), wide receiver Maurice Stovall (knee), running back Earnest Graham (hamstring), and cornerback Torrie Cox (ankle).
Listed as questionable was: Bryant, Ward, Leftwich, and Adams. Two players were ruled out. They were center Faine (triceps) and defensive end Moore (knee).
The Washington Redskins had the following players listed as probable: defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (glute), cornerback Carlos Rogers (ankle), fullback Mike Sellars (thigh), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (thigh), and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (ankle). Running back Clinton Portis (calf) is questionable, and defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (knee) is doubtful.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]