Updated: November 3, 2003, 2:42 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Last season, neither participant from the previous Super Bowl made the playoffs, and this year may offer more of the same. The Oakland Raiders have only two games in their win column and the Bucs are 4-4 and have already lost three games at home. But WR Keyshawn Johnson has no worries that his squad will qualify for the postseason. "We'll make the playoffs. Just go ahead and say I'm Jim Fassel," Johnson told the Orlando Sentinel. "You can say I guarantee it, if that'll make you feel better." ... After Sunday's game, the Bucs are desperately thin in the secondary. S Jermaine Phillips, who has been playing in place of an injured John Lynch, fractured his forearm and will be out four to six weeks. David Gibson, who was signed Wednesday to play special teams, took his place. Indianapolis Colts: KR Brad Pyatt was involved in a collision with LB Tommy Hendricks and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher at Pro Player Stadium Sunday, but according to him that shouldn't affect his ability to suit up for next week's game at Jacksonville. "We hit head-to-head and I felt a jolt in my neck," Pyatt told the Indianapolis Star. "It went straight to my chest, which was weird. Everybody was worried about my neck, but all the pain was in my chest. I'll be good to go next week." X-rays taken at the stadium were negative. It was announced he suffered a bruised sternum. Washington Redskins: CB Fred Smoot may have fractured his sternum on Oct. 12, but it didn't stop him from playing on Sunday. And though every time he hit someone he experienced significant pain and discomfort, he'll play next Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Smoot reinjured himself on a second-quarter running play and returned to the game only to sidelined temporarily in the second half. "There was a lot of pain, but that's part of the game of football," Smoot told the Washington Post. "Believe me, I'll be playing next week. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't hurting my team."
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