Jeff Faine sits, Kellen Winslow full speed at Bucs practice
There's good news and bad news on the injury front for the Bucs.
Tight end Kellen Winslow was full speed at today's afternoon practice after missing practice last week and playing despite right knee pain.
Asked whether it was a sign of progress, coach Raheem Morris joked, "He didn’t like you (reporters) talking about him all last week."
Morris added, "He's a mentally tough guy. Like I said, we know Kellen Winslow loves practice. He's not a guy who doesn't like to go out there and be a part of it. He loves to practice. So, if he needs to sit out or something's going on or we need to hold him back and be smart with him as an organization, we will be. We get him to Sunday. That's the most important thing."
The bad news?
Starting center Jeff Faine -- a critical piece given this week's matchup against the stout Pittsburgh defensive front -- did not practice and is dealing with an unspecified leg injury.
Faine's absence today was filled mostly by Jeremy Zuttah, the third-year player who split reps with Keydrick Vincent at left guard on Sunday. Coach Raheem Morris said he was optimistic about Faine playing on Sunday and called his status "day to day." Still, Zuttah and quarterback Josh Freeman were squeezing in extra shotgun snaps after practice to prepare for the possibility of Faine missing the game.
One other note: backup running back Kareem Huggins (groin) returned to practice after missing Sunday's game and appears ready to play against the Steelers.