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Bates still deciding whether to remain with Bucs



Outsted defensive coordinator Jim Bates still is deciding whether to remain with the Bucs in a consulting capacity.

Coach Raheem Morris relieved Bates of his duties Monday and will be responsible for calling the Bucs' defense.

Bates, 63, has been extended an opportunity to remain with the team in an advisory role, breaking down film and possibly assisting on game day from the coaches' box.

But Bates has no on-field responsibilities in practice or at games and he is currently not expected to accompany the team to Atlanta for Sunday's game.

It's possible Bates may elect to leave the Bucs by next week, but there has been no decision.

"It's the same as it was yesterday and we'll just leave it at that,'' Morris said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:49pm]


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