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Brooks won't test hamstring until Sunday



Linebacker Derrick Brooks will not take a single repetition at practice this week because of a strained right hamstring.

But the only person who will decide whether Brooks is going to play against the Falcons Sunday is Brooks.

The 10-time Pro Bowl linebacker has that kind of clout after starting 193 straight games -- the most by any active defensive player in the NFL.

"I know I'm going to go out there Sunday and he's going to come to me or the trainers and say, 'He's in.' And then he's in," linebackers coach Gus Bradley said. "That's the way that decision will be made.

"Now if he's out, we've got to adjust and that's what we're preparing for now. Both scenarios. Okay, Derrick is playing. Derrick is not playing.

"Derrick is the ultimate professional. If he goes out there before the game and works out and knows he's going to put himself or the team in jeopardy, he's not going to play. We just trust him so much with the number of years he's been in the league, he's going to know how his body is.''

The Bucs have practiced all week with strongside linebacker Cato June moving over to Brooks' spot at weakside linebacker and Quincy Black starting at June's spot. Adam Hayward has been Brooks' backup the past two seasons. He was forced to come out of the game against the Saints because of cramps from dehydration.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:10pm]


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