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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Bucs' Rice misses practice, questionable for Sunday vs. Redskins

Associated Press

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 Carolina Panthers.

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," Gruden said.

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 said.

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 Panthers.

Barrett Ruud would replace Quarles and Jon Bradley and Jovan Haye would fill in for Wyms, who described his condition as day-to-day.

"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 can."