Crowded Training Room
The Bucs' training room will be a busy place this week as the extensive injury list, released today, revealed.
Among those listed as questionable are defensive end Simeon Rice (shoulder), cornerbacks Brian Kelly (toe) and Juran Bolden (hip), punt returner Mark Jones (hamstring), long snapper Andrew Economos (knee) and tight end Dave Moore (ribs).
The defensive injuries are of particular concern, especially considering the uneven performance of the unit this season. Kelly and Bolden are two of the team's top three corners, and their injuries could press rookie Alan Zemaitis into service for the first time, along with veteran Torrie Cox, should their conditions not improve.
Also today, coach Jon Gruden said rookie right guard Davin Joseph is likely to start after returning to the lineup last week for the first time during the regular season. Joseph had been sidelined with a knee injury since four days before the season opener and played a limited role last week at New Orleans. Backup guard Sean Mahan's performance against the Saints was one of the day's disappointments, making the return of Joseph a welcome development.