Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Bucs' Rice misses practice, questionable for Sunday vs. Redskins
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay defensive end Simeon Rice sat out
practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game
against the Washington Redskins.
The 11th-year pro, who has 121 career sacks -- second-most among
active players, has been bothered by a shoulder problem much of the
season and didn't play in last Monday night's 24-10 loss to the
Two other defensive starters who missed the Panthers game --
linebacker Shelton Quarles and tackle Ellis Wyms -- also were held
out of Wednesday's practice.
Like Rice, Quarles (knee/ankle) and Wyms (ankle) were listed on
the injury report as questionable.
Although coach Jon Gruden said Rice is "showing signs of
recovery," he wouldn't speculate on whether the three-time Pro
Bowl selection will play against Washington. Asked if the injury
eventually could require surgery, the coach said he wasn't sure.
"There's a chance, but we obviously don't want to lose him. We
need him for these final six, seven, eight games of the season,"
Before practice, Rice said his left shoulder was getting better.
He shrugged off a question about surgery.
"I don't feel like I need it, but I'm not a doctor," Rice
Meanwhile, offensive tackle Anthony Davis sprained an ankle in
practice and is listed as questionable.
If Rice can't play, Dewayne White will replace him. The
fourth-year pro had five tackles and recovered a fumble against the
Barrett Ruud would replace Quarles and Jon Bradley and Jovan
Haye would fill in for Wyms, who described his condition as
"A high ankle sprain is always tough to come back from," Wyms
said. "I'll just keep treating it and keep trusting what the
trainers and doctors are telling me and get back as soon as I