Bucs assuming offseason absentees will show
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik hasn't excused anyone from next week's three-day mandatory minicamp and is operating under the assumption all players will be in attendance.
This includes LB Barrett Ruud, who has skipped voluntary workouts the past two months as a silent protest to his lack of a new contract, and LG Arron Sears, who also hasn't been in attendance and is dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. No one has seen QB Brian Griese, either, the player who is expected to be the odd man out at the logjammed position.
"It's mandatory," Dominik said.
Players can be fined for not attending mandatory camps as it is an obligation of their contracts.
One player whose status for the minicamp is doubtful is DE Stylez White. He said today that it's unlikely he'll practice next week after his recent motorcycle accident which left him with second-degree road burns on his left leg. He was rather conciliatory about the incident and seems to have learned a lesson.
Missing the camp won't help his chances for earning an expanded role, but White said he'd be 100 percent for training camp, where he'll have more than ample opportunity to fight for a major role.