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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Final cuts due at 6 p.m.



UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: The Bucs still haven't revealed their cut list, but Chris Simms is outta here. See the post just above this one.

UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Here's what we can tell you at this point. Unfortunately, it looks like rookie free agent running back Clifton Smith is going to bite the dust. Also, on a day during which no news is good news, quarterback Josh Johnson and cornerback Elbert Mack haven't heard anything yet. If Johnson stays, there's a good chance the Bucs will keep four quarterbacks on the roster. It's too early to know for sure, though.

Stay tuned.

12:43 p.m.: NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players and submit them to the league by 6 p.m. this afternoon.

We'll pass them along as soon as we know the details of the Bucs' decisions, but it might be a while before we get the full list from the team. They are not always released to the media immediately.

The toughest calls are likely to be in the secondary, where cornerback Eugene Wilson has been trying to fend off a challenge from rookie free agent Elbert Mack. And on the defensive line, the Bucs have been searching all preseason for the right combination of players, something that has been elusive.

And at receiver, the name to watch is Micheal Spurlock, who is likely to be released. Michael Clayton doesn't appear to be in any jeopardy, based on our conversations with coach Jon Gruden. But strangely, veteran Ike Hilliard told us he's not certain of his status, though odds seem to be in favor of him making the cut.

Check this evening for the offical news.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:09pm]


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