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Updated: December 11, 2003, 1:05 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RT Kenyatta Walker was absent from practice Wednesday because he was in the hospital to treat a staph infection. Walker was taken to the hospital Tuesday after an elbow injury became infected. "We expect him to get out [today],'' coach Jon Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. "He'll be questionable for the game. He came in [Tuesday] and just had a lot of swelling. It's a rare thing. [Team physician] Joe Diaco drained the fluid out of there. He's recovering quickly and hopefully he'll be ready to go here Friday or late this week."

New York Jets: GM Terry Bradway hasn't written anything in stone, but he is considering moving DE John Abraham to outside linebacker. The move would help the Jets in two ways. First, Abraham's presence would dramatically increase the speed at linebacker. Second, playing the position could help him avoid the wear and tear he encounters from playing at the point of attack all the time. Abraham has missed 16 games since his 2000 rookie season. Coach Herman Edwards said such a move wouldn't be made until after the season, but he felt confident that Abraham could switch. "There's no reason to say he couldn't play it," Edwards told the New York Times. "Derrick Thomas played that position. Third down, he put his hand on the ground and he rushed. The other two downs, he played linebacker. You can create anything you want to create. He's an athlete. But as far as what we are going to do with John, I have no idea." Abraham does have experience at linebacker, playing the position in his senior season at South Carolina.

Green Bay Packers: The club signed DB James Whitley Wednesday, to help shore up their injury-depleted secondary. The 5-11, 190-pound Whitley, who can play multiple positions, played with the St. Louis Rams earlier this year but was released Dec. 2. "We're a little thin right now back there," coach Mike Sherman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, describing his defensive backfield. "This young man on tape is shown to be a good special teams player, has the ability to possibly play corner and safety, so he's another one of those combo type players who can hopefully help us."

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